The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton - front cover

The Architecture of Happiness

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By Alain de Botton

 

Architecture is a BIG subject. In this book the author asks big questions, such as: what makes a house beautiful? The book makes for a beguiling read as it discusses emotions that architecture inspires in the people who inhabit them. This is a subject that is not often talked about less written about.

 

Alain de Botton is not an architect – he is a philosopher, writer and presenter.  This makes him arguably more qualified and skilled to write about the impact of architecture on people’s everyday lives – how it effects them, how it shapes them, and how it makes people feel. De Botton tackles complex subjects in an easy-to-read and entertaining manner, using layman language (something I aspire to). His writing is both witty and accessible as he traverses a wide range of topics and ideas.

 

The Architecture of Happiness is a thought-provoking book that asks you questions and prompts you to consider your own values and opinions when it comes to buildings, homes and houses.

 

The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton – inside cover

 

The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton

 

The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton - rear cover

The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton – rear cover

 

Published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books

https://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780241970058/architecture-happiness

1 Comment

  1. I haven’t read this book – but, I have read others by Alain, and even went to a talk of his at the Opera House in Sydney a few years ago – great stuff Andrew 🙂

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