Reading Happy City by Charles Montgomery had a profound impact on my understanding of urban design and how the city makes us feel. I learned how much things like trusting your neighbors and having a short commute can make our communities brighter, happier, more welcoming. I learned how slowing down cars and prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists can transform the way citizens get around and encounter each other. By really examining how people interact with the urban environment, we can make improvements to increase safety, freedom, and happiness.
This artifact represents my interests at the intersection of civil engineering and urban planning and adds psychology and human behavior to the mix as well. I am starting to develop an interest in research, specifically in a laboratory that studies the modes of transportation and how accessible they are.