As part of Ecobuild 2015, Paul Dolan delivered a lecture based on research created for his new book, Happiness by Design. As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducted original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Happiness by Design shows that being happier requires us to actively re-design our immediate environment.
“My dream was to have a loft conversion; my aunt had one when I was really young, and I loved it,” says Michelle Gayle, a 33 year-old pharmacist who lives in a terrace in fashionable East London.
Many residents in the London Borough of Lambeth have previously found their dreams of loft conversions or home extensions stifled by red tape, bureaucracy and alleged inconsistencies in approving planning applications for home alterations.