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The Architecture of Happiness

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One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings and streets that surround us.

And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. The Architecture of Happiness starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and it argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.

Whereas many architects are wary of openly discussing the word beauty, this book has at its center the large and naive question: What is a beautiful building? It is a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture that aims to change the way we think about our homes, our streets and ourselves.

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Synopsis:

A thoughtful study of architecture that examines how we both shape and are shaped by our surroundings considers how our private homes and public edifices--from Classical to Gothic to minimalist Modern--reflect how we feel and explains how our stylistic choices can be used to increase our chances of happiness. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously

About the Author

\Alain de Botton is the author of three works of fiction and five of nonfiction, including How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, and The Art of Travel. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

The significance of architecture — In what style shall we build? — Talking buildings — Ideals of home — The virtues of buildings — The promise of a field.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307481566
Publisher:
Vintage books
Subject:
Architecture : Criticism
Author:
Alain de Botton
Author:
Alain de Botton
Author:
de Botton, Alain
Subject:
Philosophy : Aesthetics
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Architecture and society
Subject:
Architecture -- Aesthetics.
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Reference
Subject:
Architecture | Theory
Subject:
Audio Books-Architecture
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080408
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
280

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"Synopsis" by , A thoughtful study of architecture that examines how we both shape and are shaped by our surroundings considers how our private homes and public edifices--from Classical to Gothic to minimalist Modern--reflect how we feel and explains how our stylistic choices can be used to increase our chances of happiness. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously
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