Urban design that worried about happiness and
unhappiness,that set itself the task of creating happiness and banishing
unhappiness, that would be a real science.
Particularly in the face of the destruction wreaked by the Second World War,the city rebuilding programmes that followed were associated with the idea and the promise of
happiness. The West stressed freedom, whilst the East emphasized the equality of the masses. Throughout
Europe, planners focused on collective happiness.
State-funded projects sought the well-being of the average citizen. Concentrating on the complex relationship between
architecture, urbanism and happiness, this exhibition looks at the development, appropriation and transformation of thirty-three places in different parts of
Europe. It has assembled examples of the "good life" in
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany,
Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland,
Romania, Russia, Spain, and the Ukraine: architectural
models, sketches and drawings, paintings, graphics, films and
photos, as well as everyday objects.