Tells the story of how the solutions to this century's problems lie in unlocking the secrets to great city living. Drawing on the lessons from their stories, from brain science, and from the realm of urban experimentation, this book offers solutions we can all use to improve our lives and shows that simple changes can make all the difference.
What really makes a good place to live? Journeying around the world from Copenhagen to Bogota, Charles Montgomery shows that living in densely-populated cities can actually make us healthier, saner and happier people. Happy City will change the way you think about urban life. 'Eye-opening, pleasurable, utterly necessary.' Andrew Blum, author of Tubes 'Admirable, readable, stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long.' Alan Ehrenhalt, The New York Times 'Excellent . . . a castigating argument for planning urban spaces around the thing they effect the most- people.' Will Dean, Independent 'Rare wit and erudition about the psychology of urban life. A wake-up call.' Nicholas Humphrey, author of A History of the Mind
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.
Admirable ... past writers on this subject have mainly praised existing communities they find conducive to human well-being. Montgomery is all about creating new ones ... not only readable but stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long -- Alan Ehrenhalt New York Times A valuable book ... [it says] forcefully what can't be said too much. It is surely better, most of the time, for most people, to spend as little time as possible in cars and to increase the possibilities of encountering other people and new experiences -- Rowan Moore Observer Excellent . . . Montgomery believes in the importance of smart town planning and Happy City is a compendium of its major ideas . . . It's a castigating economic, social, moral and environmental argument for planning urban spaces around the thing they affect the most: people -- Will Dean Independent
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