Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design Author Charles Montgomery
ISBN-10 0374534888
ISBN-13 9780374534882
Year 2014-10-07
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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A globe trotting eye opening exploration of how cities canand domake us happier peopleCharles Montgomery s Happy City is revolutionizing 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 condo towers an improvement on the car dependence of the suburbs The award winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness during an exhilarating journey through some of the world s most dynamic cities He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a sexy bus to ease status anxiety in Bogot 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 hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods Rich with new insights from psychology neuroscience and Montgomery s own urban experiments Happy City reveals how cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior The message is ultimately as surprising as it is hopeful by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age The happy city can save the worldand we can all help build it

Other Version:

Happy City

Happy City Author Charles Montgomery
ISBN-10 9780141957159
Release 2013-11-07
Pages 272

The Last Heathen

The Last Heathen Author Charles Montgomery
ISBN-10 192681231X
Release 2009-09-01
Pages 352