2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

Happy City



Charles Montgomery 
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design 
Doubleday Canada
 
 

Montgomery


Jury Citation

More than 70 per cent of Canadians now live in cities. Charles Montgomery’s timely book, Happy City, argues that well-designed urban spaces create happier, healthier citizens – young and old, rich and poor. With impressive research, Montgomery examines city planning gaffes and successes around the world. By book’s end you will look at your own neighbourhood with new eyes.

About the Book

After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. By 2030 almost five billion of us will be urban. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities. With new insights from municipal politicians, psychologists, and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities.
 

About the Author

Charles Montgomery is a Vancouver-based journalist and urban experimentalist. His writings on cities, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals around the world. He was nominated for the Pearson Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction for his first book, The Last Heathen: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia. Montgomery was an original team member of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, and continues to produce city programs with the Museum of Vancouver.
 

 


  
 
 

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Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Third Deadline

November 22, 2017


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