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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design epub

by Charles Montgomery


Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design epub

ISBN: 0374168237

ISBN13: 978-0374168230

Author: Charles Montgomery

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Politics & Government

Language: English

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

Pages: 368 pages

ePUB book: 1720 kb

FB2 book: 1378 kb

Rating: 4.3

Votes: 803

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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

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: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is a 2013 book written by the Canadian author Charles Montgomery. Gathering insights from the disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, urban planning and Montgomery’s own social experiments, the book makes the case that the manner in which we build our cities alters the way in which we feel, think, and behave as individuals and as a society

Montgomery’s book is a well-argued and wide-ranging study of how cities and neighbourhoods can be designed to improve our lives.

Montgomery’s book is a well-argued and wide-ranging study of how cities and neighbourhoods can be designed to improve our lives. The bugbear of the book – which focuses on the Americas – is suburban sprawl, or the dispersed city, which he rightly describes as the most expensive, resource-intense, land-gobbling, polluting way of living ever built. Echoing Richard Sennett, he argues that suburban living isolates people and reduces levels of trust, the bedrock on which cities grow and thrive.

What Charles Montgomery describes in his book is mainly American dire reality of lack of choice and lack of freedom

Feb 14, 2014 Jud Barry rated it it was amazing. What Charles Montgomery describes in his book is mainly American dire reality of lack of choice and lack of freedom. He analyses how urban landscape makes Americans sicker, fatter, more frustrated, socially isolated and broke.

cities must be regarded as more than engines of wealth; they must be viewed as systems that should be shaped to improve human well-being.

By Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, P. cities must be regarded as more than engines of wealth; they must be viewed as systems that should be shaped to improve human well-being. I read Happy City with surprise and delight. Finally, a book that reveals to a broad audience the essence of what it takes to make a city that promotes health and happiness.

In Happy City, Charles Montgomery helps us understand why and provides a guidebook for living a happier, more . Montgomery writes with rare wit and erudition about the psychology of urban life.

In Happy City, Charles Montgomery helps us understand why and provides a guidebook for living a happier, more fulfilling and meaningful life. A wake-up call for citizens and planners alike, Happy City takes you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you into questioning everything around you. It not only shows us that we can and must make our cities better, but it tells us how.

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They wanted visitors specifically to forget the dehumanizing sprawl that was even then creeping out from Los Angeles. In the cities we’re threatened. thing we hear, we don’t look people in the ey. e don’t trust people. We find ourselves alone. If we keep pulling these blinds down and cutting ourselves off, we die a little bit, explained John Hench, Disney’s top lieutenant and leader of the group Disney dubbed his Imagineers back in 1978

To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. I chased the politician through the bowels of a dull cement office block on the edge of a twelve-lane freeway.

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. He hollered with the hurried fervor of a preacher.

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.

Throughly enjoyed this book. A lot of urban design books are written in a dry manner; Montgomery does a great job keeping attention through his prose. The stories were relevant and on point, if not a bit recycled for other sources. His assessment is strong, but you couldn't call it objective. He uses many points in the book to assert his position, mainly around how awful cars are (which, while I don't disagree, is getting old as a rant in these kinds of books).

I highly recommend it for any urban studies nerd, and would encourage you to additionally read Walkable City and Street Smarts as companion pieces. Between those three books, they do a great job of giving you the history, the science, the statistics, and the possibilities for the future of smart, happy, walkable cities.
This book was a chaning experience for me. It altered how I looked at my city, my neighborhood, and stores. The message here was really powerful. I accendentally read this around the time I read Antifragile by Talib, the two over lap in the areas of the city and how to grow best. This book is also a great primer for urban design, bike commuting, and civic involvement. I think everyone should read it and I recommend it constantly.
Honestly first third of this book was hard to read. Too much philosophical questions. I wish there were more real-life examples and research between history and philosophy pages.

But the rest of the book makes up for it. I was fascinated to read about how proper cities are done, and how such improvements bring life and new experience into citizens' lives.

Living in post-USSR, I see a lot of examples of cities done wrong, not for people but for military parades. So it was like a fresh air to read the thoughts I often had about problems that each one encounters in modern city life, and see these problems solved in communities around the world.

I really hope author does not give up on this topic, and will bring us more insight in how happy cities work and how they are built, hopefully with more examples from real cities all over the world.

Thank you for your hard work and good read, Charles.
You have to read this so you can discover the city you didn't know you must have. Cities, as currently designed, cannot survive and we must redesign them so they will work for the people.
I was initially skeptical about the overly populist title. But Montgomery has great research and really strong design ideas. The book not only changes the framework for how we think about cities but also gives suggestions towards the future. It's a very accessible and informative overview of contemporary urbanism.
A very good community planning book.
A delightful book about creating environments where people can create communities and thrive together.
Great use of stories and narratives to promote understanding of how where we live affects our happiness and well being. It gives a lot of potential topics to further research. Recommended for anyone interested in how design and happiness are related. Great for city planners and officials to read.