What should we do if they want to be happy? Interview with Dirk Somers



During Our Happy Life, we pose questions to architects and thinkers to expand on topics we encountered during the research. In this video, we interview Dirk Somers of Bovenbouw, and discuss topics including the role of comfort and “hyper comfort” in their work; whether they recognize the influence of behavioral economics, data collection or the experience economy in the practice of architecture today; how their work on public projects from schools, civic buildings, to police stations responds to current ideas of social space, intimacy, and safety; and whether to suggest that happiness can be summarized in a few experiences and features would be to repeat the mistakes of Modernist overpromising.

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