The Happy City team hosted an inspiring one-night studio to create sociability-boosting tools for multi-family house design. Sponsored by BC Housing and led by Happy City associate Patricia Rios, the Happy Housing Design Studio invited a roomful of multi-talented planners, designers, developers and also a few wildcards. The fun began when we added markers, tracing paper, snacks, and beverages courtesy of Faculty Brewing. This enthusiastic squad of interdisciplinary super-heroes turned evidence into actions and visual tools to change how housing is designed in the near future.
Preliminary findings will be shared on December 8 at CONNECT-Catalyzing a Social Movement forum by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health at the Museum of Vancouver. The Happy Housing Toolkit and report will be released in March 2017.
While in Vienna for Walk 21 Charles Montgomery shared some thoughts in an interview about what makes cities healthy, happy and livable. Charles discussed two of the most “livable” cities in the world – Vienna and Vancouver – what makes them such livable cities, what they can learn from each other, and what challenges they face in the future. Continue reading
After the release of Happy City in 2013, we received dozens of requests from policymakers and city-builders to translate lessons from the book into tools to help guide urban design. In response, we developed a new framework to bring well-being into design processes. We were excited to roll out this framework at the WHO International Healthy Cities conference in Athens, Greece in October, 2014. Dozens of urban health wonks from around the world joined… Continue reading
A new survey of thousands of British commuters is turning years of accepted wisdom on its head. It turns out that taking transit can actually make us happy. Over the years, surveys of commuters have shown that people who cycle or walk report feeling the most joy on their journeys, followed by car drivers. People who take public transit have almost… Continue reading
Cities are realizing that social connections are a key driver of well-being. The City of Vancouver has tried to turn this truth into action. Last year the city formed an Engaged City Task Force. We were pleased to see that the team took inspiration from Happy City. Read the report here. The team recognized that it’s not enough to get neighbours talking to each other. Government needs to join the conversation. We need new… Continue reading