UC Press and the Society of Architectural Historians are pleased to join forces in celebrating World Architecture Day, which occurs on the first Monday of each October. This year’s theme, “Healthy Cities, Happy Cities,” celebrates the role architects and architecture play in the vitality of the urban setting and in the well being of its inhabitants.

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park.  Courtesy Ingfbruno. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park.
Courtesy Ingfbruno. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Whether through better integrating the built and natural environments, providing opportunities for health and happiness through parks and other public spaces, or through responsible design utilizing sustainable materials and energy efficiency, architecture and architects can bring new life to cities, fostering health and happiness among the denizens of urban environments.

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