Why so moody?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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