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 ...

Author: Charles Montgomery

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429969539

Category: Political Science

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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.

Happy City

The happy city plan is an energy plan. It is a climate plan. It is a belt-tightening plan for cash-strapped cities. It is also an economic plan, ...

Author: Charles Montgomery

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141957158

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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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 cities a joy to live in? As writer and journalist Charles Montgomery reveals, it's not how much money your neighbours earn, or how spectacular the views from your windows are, or even how pleasant the climate is that makes the most difference. Journeying to dozens of cities - from Atlanta to Bogotá to Vancouver - he talks to the new champions of the happy city to discover the progressive movements already transforming people's lives. He meets the visionary Colombian mayor who turned some of the world's most dangerous roads into an urban cycling haven; the Danish architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan towns to modern-day Copenhagen; the New York City transport commissioner who made out of the gridlock of Times Square a place where people could lounge in the sun; and the Californian mother with the super-commute who completely rethought her idea of the suburban dream for the sake of her son's health. These urban trailblazers, as well as the many other planners, engineers, grass-roots campaigners and ordinary citizens, offer a wealth of surprising lessons for the rest of us. From how saying hello to your neighbours is just as important to your sense of trust as contact with close friends and family, and how living close to parks makes us smarter, kinder and reduces local crime rates, to the importance of the 'magic triangle' rule, Happy City shows thatsimple changes can make all the difference. Charles Montgomery is a journalist and urban experimentalist from Vancouver, Canada. His writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. He is the author of two previous books, and is a member of the BMW Guggenheim Lab team.

Happy City How to Plan and Create the Best Livable Area for the People

Digital transformation, as a basis for creating the Happy City of the future The happy, smart cities, providing comfortable living conditions, ...

Author: Anna Brdulak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319498991

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 318

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This book presents multi-sector practical cases based on the author’s own research. It also includes the best practice, which could serve as a benchmark for the creation of smart cities. The global urbanisation index, i.e., the ratio of city dwellers to the total population, has been steadily increasing in recent years. It is highest in the Americas, followed by Europe, Asia and Africa. The city of the future will combine the intelligent use of IT systems with the potential of institutions, companies and committed, creative inhabitants. The administrative boundaries of today’s cities put certain constraints on their further growth, but in the future these boundaries will no longer be as relevant. Cities in Europe face the challenge of reconciling sustainable urban development and competitiveness – a challenge that will likely influence issues of urban quality such as the economy, culture, social and environmental conditions, changing a given city’s profile as well as urban quality in terms of its composition and characteristics.

The Platonic dialogues for English readers

We shall say , that even if our soldier - class were ever so happy , we did not
construct our city with a view to the object of making one class especially happy ,
but of making the whole city happy in the highest degree : for we thought that in a
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The City of Dream

Better the woefulest cities thou hast seen Than yonder happy City of Despair ! '
Whereat I cried : Since in Christopolis No comfort dwells , but only ( as I have
seen ) A blood - red crucifix upon a grave , And since my weary flight has ranged
the ...

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The Congressional globe0

I have no prejudice against when but a few steps would bring him , this pop
giving away the public property dedicated by it ; but the association is not a very
happy one ; ulation , its children , its man servants , and its our fathers in this city
you ...

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Songs of rest Ed by W R Nicoll

The City of Rest . Can ye O birds from out the east , O birds from out the west ,
Have you found that happy city in all your weary quest ? Tell me , tell me , from
earth's wanderings may the heart find glad surcease , show me , as an earnest ,
any ...

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The City on a Hill

And as I walk off into the City streets , a final word to the men and women of the
Reagan revolution , the men and ... The Shining City he left in the hands of his
successor was a more prosperous , secure , and happy City by far than the one
he ...

Author: Michael Reagan

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Incorporated

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Page: 275

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Proposes ways to return to the optimism of the 1980s

Despotism Or The Last Days of the American Republic

From this spot shall flow , for all time , a stream of health , to bless this pure and
happy city . From this fountain all may drink deep . It will not pain the head , or
wound the heart . Drink deep , drink often — they shall be refreshed — they will ...

Author: Reuben Vose

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Category: Anti-Catholicism

Page: 463

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Into the Mainstream

Albert Camus , The Plague So ends Albert Camus ' novel , The Plague , thus
begging the question : In what happy city ? Luis Puenzo ' s 1991 film of the same
name , which is also based on the famous allegorical work , concludes with the ...

Author: Jorge M. Febles

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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An outgrowth of the author's involvement with the annual conference of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. It features a collection of essays that does not question barriers, nor does it expound on the need to assign a discursive intellectual space to matters pertaining to popular culture.

The Saturday Evening Post

What I want you to do , Happy , " City Editor Edward Wood tried to said Mr. Wood ,
" is to take Mr. Jarvis discover what deep - seated reason might and Alexander
out to the university lie behind his man's hostility toward and have that professor ...

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The Harp of Canaan

THE CITY OF REST . “ And the name of that city is rest . " O BIRDS from out the
east , O birds from out the west , Have ye found that happy city in all your quest ?
Tell me , tell me , from earth's wandering may the heart find glad surcease ?

Author: John Douglas Borthwick

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Page: 269

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United States Congressional serial set

Referring again to the history of Austin in the directory of the city , the writer says :
" Centrally in the State of Nevada is the young and happy city of Austin . Should
its locality be sought for on the map of America , it will be found where is usually ...

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The Hymns of the Dominican Missal and Breviary

Praise be to the Father , together with the Son , and to the Spirit of both : whom
your happy city honors with endless song . " Flamini , breath , spirit ( cf. stanza 1
of hymn 2 ) . Celebrat . “ And they rested not day and night , saying : Holy , holy ...

Author: Catholic Church

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Category: Hymns, English

Page: 694

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Ballads a Legend of the Rhine Etc

And how Kioff should have been a happy city ; but that Thus with her patron -
saints and pious preachers Recorded here in ... A goodly city , worthy magistrates
, You would have thought in all the Russian states The citizens the happiest of all
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Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

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Complete Works

A worthy priest for fasting No , alas ! this well - built city Certain Was in a
perpetual fidget ; sicks did ** , lymley's And ... to his astonishment , apil pious
preachers A unanimous refusal ! a happy city ; but Recorded here in catalogue
precise ...

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

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Ballads Men s Wives

And how Kioff should have been a happy city ; but that Thus with her patron -
saints and pious preachers Recorded here in ... A goodly city , worthy magistrates
, You would have thought in all the Russian states The citizens the happiest of all
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Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

Publisher: Boston : Estes & Lauriat

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Category: Ballads

Page: 413

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Christmas Stories

A worthy priest for fasting No , alas ! this well - built city Certain and prayer Was in
a perpetual fidget ; sacks did ... VII . envoy And how Kioff should have been a
happy city ; but that speech That lord - mayor made , cry of to pay 314 BALLADS .

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

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Category: Ballads, English

Page: 524

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Kenilworth

she was when on her mother's lap , and she , at least , shall have her portion in
that happy city , whose walls are of pure gold , and the foundation garnished with
all manner of precious stones . " “ Ay , Tony , ” said Varney , “ that were a ...

Author: Walter Scott

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Category: English fiction

Page: 479

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