Happy Economy — Architecture Competition by UNI.xyz

‘Happy Economy’: Architecture Design Competition for Urban Design

Fig: 1 — Emotions are a luxury for rich people in the city. (Credits: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)


“Money cannot buy happiness” is an overused phrase that is relevant to people who have any kind of wealth. Meanwhile, the person living on the street struggles to find shelter or even food to survive because of not having any money. For them, money is a matter of life and death to which happiness doesn’t compare.

The liveability of a city determines the level of happiness and satisfaction of its inhabitants. The built environment plays an important role in creating liveable cities as it affects the physical, psychological, and social well-being of its inhabitants. The quality of built environments is dependent on the economic condition of the city.

Architecture affects human emotions and we fail to understand that they are a direct consequence of the richness of people in a city. Since there is an economic disparity in most regions around the world, it is difficult to attain healthy, liveable cities. The debate to be raised in this literary piece is whether livability and happiness in cities are connected to the richness of the city.

Fig: 2 — Cities with many poor or desolate people have struggling economies and strained infrastructure. (Credits: ANI)


In your research, you should particularly reflect on exactly is the particular facet that contributes to a liveable city. The views are expected to be analytical and encompassing approaches across the subject.

  • What does a liveable city mean for different people?
  • Is a healthy placemaking enough for liveability?
  • Can human-centered design aim to cure the issues of a city?
  • How important is the role of the economy in a liveable city?
  • Who is responsible for liveable cities?
  • How is the economy and architecture or construction industry connected?
  • How does economic disparity affect cities?
  • Is happiness dependent on richness?
  • How can the role of the economy in shaping happy cities be acknowledged by architects and civic leaders? Where does architecture contribute to this?


Participants shall deliver an essay of about 1000–1500 words and less than 3 images, in a cohesive piece that answers the above questions and arguments based on them. The images need to be ensured that they are copyright free or you own their rights.

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