Happy city transforming our lives through urban design Charles Montgomery.
By: Montgomery, Charles.Material type: BookPublisher: New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux Edition: First edition.Description: 358 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780374168230 (hardback); 0374168237 (hardback); 0385669127 (Cloth); 9780385669122 (Cloth); 1846143209 (Paper); 9781846143205 (Paper).Subject(s): City planning -- Psychological aspects | Urban beautification -- Psychological aspects | City dwellers -- Psychology | Environmental psychologyDDC classification: 307.1 Online resources: Cover image
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
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.
Includes bibliographical references.
Includes bibliographical references.
The mayor of Happy -- The city has always been a happiness project -- The (broken) social scene -- How we got here -- Getting it wrong -- How to be closer -- Convivialities -- Mobilicities I: how moving feels, and why it does not feel better -- Mobilicities II: freedom -- Who is the city for? -- Everything is connected to everything else -- Retrofitting sprawl -- Save your city, save yourself -- Epilogue: the beginning.
"A journalist travels the world and investigates current socioeconomic theories of happiness to discover why most modern cities are designed to make us miserable, what we can do to change this, and why we have more to learn from poor cities than from prosperous ones"-- Provided by publisher.
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Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- 1 The Mayor of Happy (p. 3)
- 2 The City Has Always Been a Happiness Project (p. 17)
- 3 The (Broken) Social Scene (p. 44)
- 4 How We Got Here (p. 63)
- 5 Getting It Wrong (p. 78)
- 6 How to Be Closer (p. 106)
- 7 Convivialities (p. 146)
- 8 Mobilicities I: How Moving Feels, and Why It Does Not Feel Better (p. 176)
- 9 Mobilicities II: Freedom (p. 196)
- 10 Who Is the City For? (p. 227)
- 11 Everything Is Connected to Everything Else (p. 251)
- 12 Retrofitting Sprawl (p. 271)
- 13 Save Your City, Save Yourself (p. 295)
- Epilogue: The Beginning (p. 315)
- Notes (p. 323)
- Acknowledgments (p. 357)