Happiness Survey

February 18, 2017
By City Space Architecture


This survey is part of a research project about public spaces and urban beauty in the contemporary dimension of the city, both for consolidated and suburban areas, developed by our President Dr. Luisa Bravo as a post doctoral research activity.
Starting from case studies in Europe and particularly in Italy, in 2012 Luisa deepened her work regarding suburban areas during a research period as Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD), University of California Berkeley (USA), where this survey was initiated.
The aim of the survey is to understand how people live in the urban context, in terms of housing, working and leisure, how they experience, every day, space and distance in the city where they live, how they create relationships with other people living in the same neighborhood or in the same city. Also, this survey is intended as a tool, able to show if issues expected from urban and town planning design were succeeded, through evaluation and comments derived by common people. Well designed neighborhoods and efficient cities, in terms of walkability, public transportation, long-distance connections, urban spaces, public facilities, mixed-use density, should make people happy. The assumption is that happiness of urban communities, together with best planned settlements for urban daily life, should be the main goal of the urban planner and designer.

We shape the city and then the city will shape us.


This survey started in Berkeley (California, USA), on April 4, 2012.


To start answering the survey, click here.