Visitors get the opportunity to beat their frustrations through a ‘1-minute therapy’ developed by Argentinian psychoanalyst Claudio Rosso. “Living a happy urban life is about learning how to deal with our frustrations. This exercise can be a start of a personal journey to find out what works best for each individual subject”, he explains. “In big parts of the western world, it seems we treat these frustrations too often as mental problems, while they are actually life itself. The paradox of living a happy urban life is letting go of seeking perfect happiness.”
The gym was created and designed by an interdisciplinary and international team of psychoanalysts, urban planners, social entrepreneurs, and designers. The collective seeks to put mental health and wellbeing on the agenda of cities worldwide. By connecting different practices, it aims at designing happiness into the urban fabric through city planning. “The complex challenge of designing truly happy cities can only be taken on using an interdisciplinary approach. We innovate the traditional urbanism practice and connect it with the creative industry”, explains Street Makers’ co-founder Jorn Wemmenhove. Together with Street Makers, the City of Groningen is planning to become be the best city it can be for all its citizens through interdisciplinary creativity.