Happy City

By Charles Montgomery,

Book cover of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

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Happy City is the story of how the solutions to this century's problems 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 are some cities a joy to live in?

As Charles…

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2 authors picked Happy City as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

In Happy City, Charles, who is also is a good friend of mine, describes what is wrong with today’s cities and what we must do to fix them. Full of rich detail and new insights from psychologists and his own urban experiments, the book is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities. The message: 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 them together.

From Alexander's list on future cities and urban design.

This accomplished journalist documents how the behavioral sciences help us “see our city streets, hearts, and mobility systems as emotional infrastructure that can make or break the health or happiness of our citizens.” Like Mumford, he traces the Good Life Aristotle ascribed to the city to the agora of Classical Greece, a place where market demands and civic virtue intertwined. Such spaces foster the face-to-face relationships that define happiness, and the Happy City is invested in the sidewalk ballet. It is also a green city that builds on Olmsted’s insights. Networks of small greens and native landscaping provide the…

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