Architects and urban designers have long claimed the power to influence human well-being through form and aesthetics. None were so confident as the modernists, whose insistence on functional and aesthetic simplicity changed the course of architectural history. Now that our cities have been transformed by the modern aesthetic, we are discovering that architects are right in their belief in the power of design—but they are frequently wrong in their methods.
Indeed, while researching Happy City, I found that our cities influence the ways we feel and behave in ways most of us never realize. It’s time to start paying attention.
For more of this article, read on at the Knight Foundation: Using Urban Experiments to Find Happier Streets