Planning + Design

We advise planners, policymakers and developers address placemaking, planning and design challenges through the lens of happiness. We participate directly in design processes, sharing insights from our research on the relationship between urban form, systems and wellbeing. We also create programs that draw designers and laypeople into creative collaboration.

We focus on:

Urban plans and policies
Joyful public spaces
Happy Homes
Inclusive public engagement
Tactical urbanism


  • Charles and Happy City teamAs long as our city prioritizes views over humans, we’re going to be stuck in our housing crisis. ,
  • Charles and Happy City teamCan FLUID, this cool new design program, help reduce social isolation in building designs? Learn more in our pal Br… ,
  • Charles and Happy City teamCreating Better Shared Spaces in Apartment Complexes and their Local Areas. Hint: focus on hallways! via @citiesppllove,