Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2015 - 4


LeFrak Lakeside Center. Source: Ari Buring

ON THE ROOF WITH

FOUR EXPERTS ON THE
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Happiness; its pursuit has not
traditionally been a central focus
of the green building movement,
engineering, architectural and
landscape design or planning
professions. From the recent
book, "Happy City" by Charles
Montgomery to the new Well
Building Standard, professionals
are grappling with the often elusive
concept of happiness, and how to
best achieve it. So we asked the
following experts to share their
thoughts about happiness in the
context of their professional work
and what it means for them to
'design' for happiness.
LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / WINTER 2015 / 4

LAM - What does happiness
mean to you, from the perspective of your profession?
EFC - The architectural
profession has an obligation to
protect human health, safety and
welfare. Promoting happiness
through design is an important
way to improve human welfare.
My focus is incorporating nature,
natural systems and processes
directly and indirectly into the
built environment - also known
as biophilic design. 99% of
human evolution occurred in
a natural environment, yet we
spend 90% of our time in human
constructed environments. Humans often feel happier, a sense
of peace and less stress when in
a more natural environment.
Therefore, designing WITH
nature in the built environment
promotes human welfare, happiness and well-being.
RF - In the big picture I think
that my job allows me (mostly)
to sleep restfully at night. As
both an evangelist and activist
for green infrastructure, I talk

the talk and walk the walk. From
the caress of cooling shade by a
verdant, vegetated wall in a 'concrete jungle', to the mitigation of
urban heat island effects at macro
scale, green walls are primary
tools in our strategies to make a
positive difference. The decisionmakers who value the delivery of
distinct, sustainable places that
encourage social dynamics benefit not only by great landscape's
undoubted transformational
qualities but also by projects that
catalyze regeneration, private
investment, increased desirability
and happiness.
HK - For me, happiness
means the ability to break free
from the paradigm that green
building is "good for us," and,
like medicine, something that
we need to grin and bear in
order to achieve a greater good
for the environment. Happiness
is about turning that paradigm
on its head and designing green
roofs and landscapes that, first
and foremost, create spaces that
sing to people and beckon them

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