Intelligent Futures


Intelligent Futures initiated #happyyc to find out what places make Calgarians happy. We think that by understanding the places that people love, planners, designers, architects, citizens and community organizations alike can help make more happy happen. We wanted to take a look at our own city and hear from Calgarians about what places matter most to them. The #happyyc project has started a city-wide conversation where architecture and design, neighbourhoods and main streets, and spaces and places are positioned as major influences on our feelings, behaviours, and lives.

In summer 2014, Intelligent Futures hit the streets of Calgary to find out what places make Calgarians happy. With a stack of map cards, coloured pencils, and a trusty sandwich board, the team visited local festivals, significant and not-so significant public spaces, and received over 130 completed maps. Using a simplified map and a single direction (“Map the spaces that are your happiest places!”), citizens were easily able to express the places that make them happy.

Over several months, 130 Calgarians illustrated their happy maps, noting their favourite places to eat, play, and everything in between. It wasan inspiring journey and hopefully we can all keep creating places in Calgary that make us happy.

To find out more, go to the project website.

design, engagement, urbanism

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