Happy City Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world's most dynamic ...

Happy City  Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people Charles Montgomery's Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and tower dwelling an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl? The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world's most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a "sexy" lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris's urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have transformed their lives by hacking the design of their streets and neighborhoods. Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery's own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting our cities for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city, the green city, and the low-carbon city are the same place, and we can all help build it.

More Books:

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Charles Montgomery
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-12 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people Charles Montgomery's Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for
Faust
Language: en
Pages: 142
Authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Stephen Phillips, Joseph Comyns Carr
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1908 - Publisher:

Books about Faust
Musical Cities
Language: en
Pages: 158
Authors: Sara Adhitya
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-17 - Publisher: UCL Press

Sara Adhitya is an urban designer and Research Associate with the Accessibility Research Group at UCL. Awarded a European Doctorate in the 'Quality of Design' of Architecture and Urban Planning by the University IUAV of Venice and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, she draws on her
Happy by Design
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Ben Channon
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-15 - Publisher: Routledge

Can good design truly make us happier? Given that we spend over 80% of our time in buildings, shouldn’t we have a better understanding of how they make us feel? This book explores the ways in which buildings, spaces and cities affect our moods. It reveals how architecture and design
Happy City
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Charles Montgomery
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-07 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Happy City is the story of how the solutions to this century's problems - from climate change to overpopulation - lie in unlocking the secrets to great city living This is going to be the century of the city. But what actually makes a good city? Why, really, are some