Can We Design Cities for Happiness?

Quality of life depends on how much we engage in it.

Tom Madrecki understands the importance of shifting our focus from building codes and road engineering guidelines to figuring out what people want in their city.

For city planners concerned about quality of life, the link between well-being and engagement is paramount. If we want to make our community a better place to live, we need the community to tell us what’s working and what’s not.

There’s just one problem: Planning is boring.

Tom takes the stage at TED@UPS to stress overhauling the planning process to truly emphasize public participation – because planning still has the power to improve the places we call home.


Thomas Madrecki is Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility at UPS.

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