Urban daily life and the pursuit of happiness

Urban daily life and the pursuit of happiness.

This survey is part of a research project developed by Dr. Luisa Bravo, who is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Department of Architecture and Territorial Planning, University of Bologna, Italy (http://unibo.academia.edu/LuisaBravo). The research project is about public spaces and urban beauty in the contemporary dimension of the city, both for consolidated and suburban areas. Starting from case studies in Europe and particularly in Italy, Dr. Bravo is currently deepening her work regarding suburban areas as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD), University of California Berkeley. The aim of this 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 succeded, through evaluation and comments derived by common people. Well designed neighbourhoods 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. This survey consists in 10 pages. It will take about 20 minutes to fill it out. You can answer in Italian or English. Thank you for your committment.

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