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Happy + Inclusive: Planning for Joy and Healing

As I pack my bags for the American Planning Association’s 2023 National Planning Conference, happening this weekend in Philadelphia, I’m reflecting on my time at last year’s event in San Diego. I had submitted three session proposals, hoping one would stick the landing…much to my surprise, all three were selected. I felt so honored, but …

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Experience is in the Eye of the Beholder

On the Significance of the Subjective Component  My Hello Happy design research grew from an instinctive recognition of the spatiality of places. Given this, I believe that urban designers and planners have the ability to manipulate the qualities of a place with the intent of positively influencing the sensations, perceptions, emotions, and decision-making of people encountering that …

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Design for Distancing

Recently, Baltimore City launched their Design for Distancing competition seeking creative, tactical, and modular ideas for safely reopening businesses and public spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic. Below are four submissions from Hello Happy Design! The Rest-ibule Each winter, little vestibules pop-up across the city—protruding beyond a restaurant’s façade, insulating the entrance. Interestingly, these temporary vestibules …

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