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


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