- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; Latest Edition edition (27 March 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241970059
- ISBN-13: 978-0241970058
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Architecture of Happiness Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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About the Author
Alain de Botton is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, The News: A User's Manual, and The Course of Love among many others. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture.
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We spend our lives in and around buildings and our lives are shaped in and around buildings - including our opinions, beliefs, decisions, etc. This book is a beautiful work that gives expression to our difficult feelings around the idea of architecture and built environment. It describes in exquisite language how a lot many works of art,architecture and urban planning came about to exist, or missed getting approval or failed big time and how they contradict or complement each other throughout history. The most interesting parts of the book were comparisons between buildings and our own selves- how we look at buildings the way we look at people, how we judge the flaws and features of buildings that correspond to our own flaws and features.
I haven't come across anything as delightful as Alain de Botton's vocabulary in any other architecture or design books. It raises deep questions and responds with deeper answers in what seems to be a language layered with elegant metaphors.
All the examples in the book are accompanied by black and white pictures though I wish they were coloured- I kept wanting to know more about the building/artwork in question and was incessantly searching for their images on the internet while reading about it.
Overall, I recommend this book for all architecture and philosophy/psychology enthusiasts.
[I bought a paperback copy of this book, the print, paper quality, font size, binding, everything was perfect.]
Helped me know more about the relation between a residence and it's resident.
Thought provoking just in case to realise what is being built isn't mere raised structure but a way of an individual's belongingness!
Kudos to Alain De Botton