We are please to report that the BCSLA Sitelines Magazine has been recognized with a gold award in the Association publishing category in 2020. Congratulations to the Sitelines Editorial Advisory Board for being recognized for their hard work! MarCom Awards honour excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals.
Sitelines - Spring 2021 (PDF)
Welcome to the Happiness issue
1. The term happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being.
Happiness. What is it and how can it be obtained? Does its value and definition differ among individuals or depend on its cultural context?
Can planners, urban designers, architects and landscape architects design happiness into the fabric of communities? If so, how? And, whose happiness is being designed for? How can the happiness experienced as a result of design be measured?
There is mounting evidence that the built environment, including streetscapes, parks,trails, and natural areas, have the capacity to increase a sense of happiness, health, and well-being for both individuals and communities. This seems to be ever more apparent with restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and a commensurate increased use of outdoor space for people seeking a sense of happiness, health and well-being through recreation, connection with nature and each other.
This issue of Sitelines is an exploration of what happiness is and its relationship to public space, landscape design, horticulture and culture. We invite readers to join in this investigation of happiness through analysis of its definition, whether or not happiness is achievable through design and, if so, whose happiness we, as design professionals, are targeting.
Thank you and we look forward to continuing to evolve Sitelines in collaboration with our readership and the BCSLA membership. Also, thanks to the advertisers whose support helps make this publication possible.
The next edition has been scheduled for circulation in Fall 2021. Watch this space for details.