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The Architecture of Happiness (Vintage International)

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.

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.

ISBN: 9780307277244

ISBN-10: 9780307277244

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 04/08/2008 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/08/2008 - 12:00am

Pages: 288

Language: English

Categories

Architecture / Criticism

Philosophy / Aesthetics

Architecture / Buildings / Residential

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