- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (February 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141047542
- ISBN-13: 978-0141047546
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design Paperback – February 5, 2015
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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 montgomery reveals, it's not how much money your neighbours earn, or 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 explore the urban innovations 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; and the new york city transport commissioner who turned the gridlock of times square into a place to lounge in the sun. Drawing on the lessons from their stories, from brain science, and from the fascinating realm of urban experimentation, happy city offers solutions we can all use to improve our livesandshows that simple changes can make all the difference. 'do we live in neighbourhoods that make us happy? montgomery encourages us to ask without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer' the new york times book review 'excellent . . montgomery believes in the importance of smart town planning and happy city is a compendium of its major ideas' will dean, independent 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 one previous book, and was an original member of the bmw guggenheim lab.
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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.