The exhibition Our Happy Life: Architecture and Well-Being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism was designed to produce questions. How do we design our cities in an age when our feelings are constantly tracked, and emotions inform new models of production? How do we conceive space when the language we use to evaluate place has less and less to do with architectural typologies and physical form? How is the happiness agenda affecting, transforming, and reshaping client briefs, architectural concepts, and daily routines?
We recorded interviews with architects and thinkers Alexandre Theriot and Stéphanie Bru from Bruther, Reinier de Graaf from OMA/AMO, Dirk Somers from Bovenbouw Architectuur, and David Sim, Julia Day, Blaine Merker, Mayra Madriz, and Anna Muessig from Gehl, to discuss our and their research and hear how they respond to the questions posed by Our Happy Life.
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