11 November 2013

Happy City ~ On Transformational Urban Design

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/01/secrets-worlds-happiest-cities-commute-property-pricesThe Guardian just published an edited extract from Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery titled The secrets of the world's happiest cities asking...
"What makes a city a great place to live -- your commute, property prices or good conversation? [...] Is urban design really powerful enough to make or break happiness? The question deserves consideration, because the happy city message is taking root around the world. "The most dynamic economies of the 20th century produced the most miserable cities of all [...] totally dominated by cars." [...] By spending resources and designing cities in a way that values everyone's experience, we can make cities that help us all get stronger, more resilient, more connected, more active and more free. We just have to decide who our cities are for. And we have to believe that they can change. "

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