5 episodes

Happitecture is a podcast that explores our unique cities and what it takes to build resilient and thriving communities that are inclusive, supportive, and promote wellbeing and happiness. Join us as we chat with some of Vancouver’s brightest minds in planning and urban design, community facilitation, design, social sciences, and community activists and discuss ideas on how to plan and design vibrant, happy built environments.

Happitecture Podcast Michelle Fenton

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Happitecture is a podcast that explores our unique cities and what it takes to build resilient and thriving communities that are inclusive, supportive, and promote wellbeing and happiness. Join us as we chat with some of Vancouver’s brightest minds in planning and urban design, community facilitation, design, social sciences, and community activists and discuss ideas on how to plan and design vibrant, happy built environments.

    Designing Public Space - Part 2/2

    Designing Public Space - Part 2/2

    This month's episode is part 2 of 2 of a conversation with architect Derek Lee at the Olympic Village - one of his most popular projects. Derek is a principal at PWL Partnership and a LEED® Accredited Landscape Architect with over twenty years of experience across North America, Asia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Serving as the creative lead on design teams at PWL, Derek focuses on innovative placemaking and urban design with a view to improving people’s overall health and quality of life. Derek’s infectious passion for innovation is grounded by his experience and ingenuity that is evident in all scales of work, from large-scale master plans and urban waterfront developments to custom details that celebrate a site’s unique character. Derek’s ability to quickly translate conceptual ideas into graphic form effectively bring ideas to life.

    • 28 min
    Designing Public Space - Part 1/2

    Designing Public Space - Part 1/2

    This month's episode is part 1 of 2 of a conversation with architect Derek Lee at the Olympic Village - one of his most popular projects. Derek is a principal at PWL Partnership and a LEED® Accredited Landscape Architect with over twenty years of experience across North America, Asia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Serving as the creative lead on design teams at PWL, Derek focuses on innovative placemaking and urban design with a view to improving people’s overall health and quality of life. Derek’s infectious passion for innovation is grounded by his experience and ingenuity that is evident in all scales of work, from large-scale master plans and urban waterfront developments to custom details that celebrate a site’s unique character. Derek’s ability to quickly translate conceptual ideas into graphic form effectively bring ideas to life.

    • 27 min
    Feng Shui

    Feng Shui

    In this episode, I sit down with Vancouver’s premier Feng Shui Master and Teacher Marlyna Los to discuss how Feng Shui can play an important role in how we plan communities and cities. Marlyna describes the energies of the City of Vancouver based on its particular geography. We discuss the principles one can employ when designing healthy, resilient communities as an approach to combating the attitude of lack when designing communal and individual spaces.

    • 35 min
    Movement Building

    Movement Building

    In this episode, I sit down with facilitator and convener Jocelyn Macdougall to talk about how we engage organizations and communities to examine the systems we take for granted. How these systems, often designed to marginalize large groups in our community, can be challenged for the betterment of everyone. Jocelyn has worked with organizations and communities to develop a new paradigm for how we think about liberation from the systems that inhibit collective wellbeing, and how we can build movements towards a more inclusive, engaged society.

    • 44 min
    Inclusive Public Spaces

    Inclusive Public Spaces

    In this very first episode of Happitecture, I discuss city planning initiatives with Senior Public Space Planner at the City of Vancouver – Danielle Wiley. We chat about the city’s mandate to design inclusive public spaces to advance healthy and inclusive public life.

    Happitecture is a podcast that explores our unique cities and what it takes to build resilient and thriving communities that are inclusive, supportive, and promote well-being and happiness.

    Join me, Michelle Fenton, as I chat with some of Vancouver’s brightest minds in planning and urban design, community facilitation, design, social sciences, and community activists. We will cover ideas on how to plan and design vibrant, happy built environments, as well as our roles as policy makers, influencers, community facilitators and designers in to promoting ‘collective happiness’ for a resilient and sustainable society.

    • 34 min

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