9 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

    • Society & Culture

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.

    The Workplace Paradigm Shift

    The Workplace Paradigm Shift

    This episode explores some key “out of the box” thinking when considering workplace design post pandemic. ‘What if the office was a club with a specific purpose and mission that we all share in? If your office was a club, and it was a blank slate, what would you do? What kind of activities would you have?’ Would we be happier, more innovative, more creative and yes, even more productive?

    Join me as I chat with Samantha Sannella, Managing Director of Cushman Wakefield, as we continue the conversation of this exciting paradigm shift.

    • 30 min
    Open Education and democratise learning.

    Open Education and democratise learning.

    In recognition of Open Education Week, we welcome Rajiv Jhangiani, associate president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. He's also the co founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook that serves in the BC Open Education Advisory Committee. Rajiv has written and/ or co-edited a number of books, including "Open: The Philosophy and Practices That Are Revolutionizing Education and Science," and also co-edited "Open at the Margins." 

    We hope you enjoy this chat with Rajiv as we delve into the Open Education movement and its promise to democratise learning.

    • 42 min
    Building Belonging

    Building Belonging

    This fascinating chat with Dr. June Francis explores what it means to "belong"; an historical context of Hogan's Alley; and being Black in Canada. 

    Join our conversation as we explore the potential of decolonization to build happy, inclusive and resilient spaces and communities. 

    (this episode was unfortunately cut short due to technical difficulties. But we promise to have Dr. Francis back to continue this important and exciting conversation. If you want to hear more, send us your thoughts)

    • 25 min
    Bridge Building Begins with YOU

    Bridge Building Begins with YOU

    I'm delighted to chat with my dear friend, mentor, bridge builder and change maker Amil Reddy. Amil has worked with organization such as Mountain Equipment Co-op to help them navigate and align their values with Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity. Join me on this wonderful journey of self identification, shifting perspectives and how we can become change leaders and bridge builders in our own communities and kitchen tables.

    • 45 min
    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

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