October 17, 2019

Austin Energy: Happy Cities-Building Well-being into Urban Design/Policies

Date and Time: Monday, October 28, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sd23-series-happy-cities-building-well-being-into-urban-designpolicies-registration-74647644113

The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Kodosky Lounge, 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704

Strategic Direction 2023 Focus: Health and Environment
The happy city, the thriving city and the sustainable city are the very same place. Let’s build it together! Happy City uses the science of wellbeing to create healthier, happier and more inclusive communities. In these inspiring talks, the Happy City team explores the ways in which the built environment impacts wellbeing. Our team draws lessons from science, cities around the world and our own participatory experiments.

This session will talk about the role of urban design in promoting feelings of safety and economic and social development.  Drawing on brain science, psychology, and urban experiments, Tristan Cleveland will demonstrate how urban planning and design influence how we feel, behave, and treat other people. This evidence-based approach to urban wellbeing represents a vision for cities that are happier, healthier and more inclusive by design.

The way we design buildings, neighborhoods and cities has a profound effect on health and happiness. We draw on a decade of research to make sense of that relationship. We offer evidence and examples to inspire designers, decision-makers and city-dwellers to embrace happy design. And we empower them to take action.

You will not want to miss this opportunity!

All City of Austin employees, citizens and stakeholders interested in building a happier Austin.

Tristan Cleveland is an urban planner and writer who has worked in Canada, Guyana, and Venezuela. Tristan leads cutting edge research that helps municipalities understand the financial impacts of urban design decisions. He is a research assistant and PhD candidate at Dalhousie University with a focus on the health and financial impacts of urban design patterns. He also leads master planning and research projects across Canada. Tristan is a distinguished speaker and workshop facilitator with experience in various cities across the country. He has devoted his life and career to reforming planning so building communities that support the basic needs of human health becomes the new minimum standard.