Happyless is a design fiction created during the UrbanIxD Summer School in August 2013.
We have been working on the topic of human interactions in network cities.
We came up with this big question, can happiness be a commodity among cities?
And we answered to it with Happyless.
"In 2068, governments in cities facing a growing depression decided to reactivate their program of the Sister Cities. They created new exclusive partnerships to fight this depression ruining the productivity of almost every country.
Happiness has now become one of the most precious ressource. A race toward an unlimited growth of happiness has started.
Twin cities now have to collaborate with each other to raise their local level of happiness.They stimulate the joy
of citizens by creating new third places providing activities where people can gather and celebrate to push
up the happiness indicator.
The entire society has been reorganized according to the happiness policies, shapping time, interactions among people and physical spaces in the city."