Mappiness is a research project at the London School of Economics. It is using Iphone apps for powerful data collection, to measure people’s happiness in time and space.
We’re particularly interested in how people’s happiness is affected by their local environment — air pollution, noise, green spaces, and so on — which the data from mappiness will be absolutely great for investigating.
Thanks Tim for the link.
I’m really excited to see this work, how it is engaging people and see obvious links to how it might also help support urban design policy. Seems to me that design quality is often about subjective feelings to built environments but not often easily quantified or valued (and/or well just not many people probably know how to do it as I figure).
I’m too uncool to have an Iphone and I don’t understand apps enough, but related to my current work I’d like an app that managers and the public can use on sites to audit/rate the quality of places (public buildings and infrastructure).
The ideas of happiness and mapping also link back to my proposal for a Happiness of Cities book/research/exhibition, as well as this bio-mapping of people as they walked around that I had blogged about years ago too- http://www.streeteditors.com/2007/06/08/emotional-cities/