24-hours of Happiness

On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd) SDSN organized a 24-hour webinar: “Happiness and Sustainability Around the Earth”, consisting of six (6) sessions with more than 25 different topics covered.

SDSN Black Sea hosted the presentation: “Happy Cities: Strategies and applications in pursuit of urban wellbeing”, during which we tried to explore the interlinkage between wellbeing and urban environment.

Savvas Stroumpas, an active student of architecture was invited to present a part of his research thesis on social wellbeing and the ways of evaluating and strengthening it through urban planning and social interventions.

Savvas has actively participated in various programs such as TEDx (as a member of the organizing team of TEDx University of Patras), while for the past two years, his studies and research have been aimed at combining social sciences with urban design for a more sustainable way of living and a better quality of life.

The pursuit of happiness is the ultimate goal of man throughout the development of Western culture. Since ancient times, Aristotle spoke about these elements of the city and its regime that offer suitable conditions for its citizens to be happy. Today, growing concerns about the spread of mental illness in the Western world have led to the development of a variety of theories about the pursuit of a better quality of life in developed cities. From this reflection, the term “Happy Cities” has emerged, a term that investigates our understanding of happiness, and its possible connection with the urban planning and environmental characteristics of a city. The interpretations of happiness that have been rendered till the present day, along with recent developments in psychological and social research, comprise the core of this research. Subsequently, a novel combination of urban design and urban planning values is proposed, with the aim of the creation of a series of tools that promote social wellbeing in modern urban life.

You can watch our session here.

For more information about the webinar and the other sessions, please visit the webinar’s official site.