The Architecture of Happiness
Alain de Botton
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The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.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 is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I am currently reading this book and it has such a profound introduction to architecture. From the level of detail it describes human emotions directed towards architecture to the stories behind great architects such as Le Corb, stories no one in design studios would tell you about. It truly captivates the reader in every aspect of this novel.