The Architecture of Happiness (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Alain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including "On Love", "How Proust Can Change Your Life", "The Consolations of Philosophy", " The Art of Travel", and "The Course of Love". He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence. More can be found at

Praise For…

“De Botton has a marvelous knack for coming at weighty subjects from entertainingly eccentric angles.”
The Seattle Times

"An elegant book. . . . Unusual . . . full of big ideas. . . . Seldom has there been a more sensitive marriage of words and images."
The New York Sun

"With originality, verve, and wit, de Botton explains how we find reflections of our own values in the edifices we make. . . . Altogether satisfying."
San Francisco Chronicle

"De Botton is high falutin' but user friendly. . . . He keeps architecture on a human level."
Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307277244
ISBN-10: 0307277240
Publisher: Vintage International
Publication Date: April 8th, 2008
Pages: 280
Language: English