Outstanding architecture, green streets, birds singing and the sound of streaming water nearby… There is no doubt that city atmosphere impacts the health and well-being of citizens while happiness of the citizens directly influences the city itself.
There are many opinions on what happiness might be, and many ways to measure it. According to the Global Happiness Council, the key factors defining happiness are city design, mobility, sustainability, culture, city service and natural spaces within a city. Vienna, Austria, has been first in the Mercer quality life ranking for 7 years. The secret to their success? A winning strategy which provides affordable housing, social security, and plenty of green spaces in the city. The Happiness Index could be a key indicator of the quality of urban spaces and societal well-being.
How can we efficiently measure happiness in cities? What approach and method should be used?
Can city administration use the Happiness Index to evaluate the efficiency of its work?
What social and city-planning urban policies have a positive impact on the happiness level?
In what way does design affect mental health and happiness? What elements of territorial planning and architecture have proven to be the most successful?