Why so moody?
00:00 / 00:00
18 August 2016
Photo: Sam Greenhalgh
There’s a correlation between the built environment and the way we feel as an individual but how does that apply to the population as a whole? This week we assess if there’s such a thing as a “collective mood” in our urban environments and what essentially makes a city happy or sad.
18 August 2016
Photo: David B Young
Following the Brexit vote here in the UK we believe it’s fair to say that London “felt” a bit sad but can events such as this really have an impact on the mood of a city? Monocle editor Andrew Tuck is joined by Ruut Veenhoven, an emeritus-professor of social conditions for human happiness at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Share chapter 2
While some cities are happy or sad, others have a bit more attitude. In the 51 years since it became an independent city-state Singapore has certainly become wealthy and very successful – but some worry that its focus on success has come at a price.
Share chapter 3
How can festivals and other arts events lift the mood of a city? We report from Flow Festival, where city-planners, musicians and designers get together to conjure a utopian vision of urban culture – feeding off the notion of urban wellbeing and using it to provide inspiration for the rest of the year.
Share chapter 4
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle’s email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
The Urbanist - latest episodes
Not only do festivals bring culture and fun to urban areas but they can also be the driving force behind regeneration – or even grow to define a city.
David Stevens stops off in one of London’s lesser-known public parks to visit an unassuming memorial with countless stories to tell.
What can we learn from observing our cities from above? This week we take to the skies, as we talk to veteran British Airways long-haul pilot Mark Vanhoenacker about his new book, ‘Imagine a City’.
Christian Green visits a new town development in Copenhagen that is struggling to develop a personality of its own and a sense of place for its residents.
We explore Monocle magazine’s annual Quality of Life Survey to find out what makes the winning cities tick.
Sophie Monaghan-Coombs takes a ride on the Mail Rail, which delivered letters beneath the feet of Londoners until the early 2000s.
We bring you exclusive interviews and highlights from the latest edition of Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference, which took place this year in Paris.
Mary Holland paddles between Xochimilco’s Chinampas to explore this centuries old agricultural technique that is helping to feed the city.
This week we hone in on the French capital and what makes it tick. We meet the team at PCA-Stream architects working on the revamp of the Champs-Élysées, discover the Promeneurs de la Petite Ceinture and explore what gives…
Sally Howard heads to Paris to visit an iconic bookshop where, for decades, aspiring writers have been able to find both inspiration and accommodation among its shelves.
What will the cities of the future look like? Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo reports from this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos to find out more about the global urban agenda. Hear from Yulia Klymenko, Kristiina Siilin, Miami…
Monocle’s Olga Tokariuk returns to Kyiv to assess the current state of day-to-day life after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
We report from the international horticultural show that takes place in the Netherlands every 10 years. Once it wraps up, the 60-hectare site will be adapted to become a fully functioning new part of the city of Almere.
David Stevens heads to the Catalan capital of Barcelona to visit a historic building that offers a fresh perspective on one of its long-hidden façades.
We’re in Brussels reporting from the Urban Land Institute’s Europe Conference and Young Leaders Forum to explore the emerging trends for cities and what comes next.