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The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2008-12-10
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780307277244
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release : 2010-12-03
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1551993872
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bestselling author Alain de Botton considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel, and how we could build dwellings in which we would stand a better chance of happiness. In this witty, erudite look at how we shape, and are shaped by, our surroundings, Alain de Botton applies Stendhal’s motto that “Beauty is the promise of happiness” to the spaces we inhabit daily. Why should we pay attention to what architecture has to say to us? de Botton asks provocatively. With his trademark lucidity and humour, de Botton traces how human needs and desires have been served by styles of architecture, from stately Classical to minimalist Modern, arguing that the stylistic choices of a society can represent both its cherished ideals and the qualities it desperately lacks. On an individual level, de Botton has deep sympathy for our need to see our selves reflected in our surroundings; he demonstrates with great wisdom how buildings — just like friends — can serve as guardians of our identity. Worrying about the shape of our sofa or the colour of our walls might seem self-indulgent, but de Botton considers the hopes and fears we have for our homes at a new level of depth and insight. When shopping for furniture or remodelling the kitchen, we don’t just consider functionality but also the major questions of aesthetics and the philosophy of art: What is beauty? Can beautiful surroundings make us good? Can beauty bring happiness? The buildings we find beautiful, de Botton concludes, are those that represent our ideas of a meaningful life. The Architecture of Happiness marks a return to what Alain does best — taking on a subject whose allure is at once tantalizing and a little forbidding and offering to readers a completely beguiling and original exploration of the subject. As he did with Proust, philosophy, and travel, now he does with architecture.

The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2008-12-10
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0307481565
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

by Alain de Botton

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2007-03-29
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 014193025X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life The Architecture of Happiness explores the fascinating hidden links between the buildings we live in and our long-term wellbeing 'Engaging and intelligent... Full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed' Independent 'Alain de Botton takes big, complex subjects and writes about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer 'Clever, provocative and fresh as a daisy' Literary Review What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved? To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights. The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.

How Buildings Learn

How Buildings Learn
What Happens After They're Built

by Stewart Brand

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 1995-10-01
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 1101562641
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Buildings have often been studies whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the connected farmhouses of New England to I.M. Pei's Media Lab, from "satisficing" to "form follows funding," from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth—this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory. More than any other human artifacts, buildings improve with time—if they're allowed to. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

Happy by Design

Happy by Design
A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing

by Ben Channon

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-07-15
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 100072672X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Can good design truly make us happier? Given that we spend over 80% of our time in buildings, shouldn’t we have a better understanding of how they make us feel? This book explores the ways in which buildings, spaces and cities affect our moods. It reveals how architecture and design can make us happy and support mental health and explains how poor design can have the opposite effect. Presented through a series of easy-to-understand design tips and accompanied by beautiful diagrams and illustrations, Happy by Design is a fantastic resource for architects, designers and students, or for anybody who would like to better understand the relationship between buildings and happiness.

Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness

Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness
Architectural Multiculturalism in North America

by Dr Donia Zhang

  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release : 2015-04-30
  • Pages : 171
  • ISBN : 1472449118
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Identifying four key themes in Chinese philosophy to promote health and happiness at home, this book links architecture with Chinese philosophy, social sciences, and the humanities, and in doing so, argues that Architectural Multiculturalism is a vital ideology to guide housing design in North America. Using both qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered from ethnic Chinese and non-Chinese living in the USA and Canada, the study proposes that the Courtyard is a central component to promote social and cultural health and happiness of residents.

Our Happy Life

Our Happy Life
Architecture and Well-being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism

by Francesco Garutti

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2019-10-08
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN : 9783956794865
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2008-12-10
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0307491331
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins. Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.

The News

The News
A User's Manual

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release : 2014-02-11
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0771027699
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a thought-provoking look at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives. What does the news do to our brains, our souls and our views of one another? We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it. It molds how we view reality, we're increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake up and every evening before we sleep-and yet the news has rarely been the focus of an accessible, serious, saleable book-length study. Until now. Mixing snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, The News will blend the timeless with the contemporary, and bring the wisdom of thousands of years of culture to bear on our contemporary obsessions and neuroses. The News ranges across news categories-from politics to murders, from economics to celebrities, from the weather to paparazzi shows--in search of answers to the questions: "What do we want from this?" and "Is it doing us any good?" After The News, we'll never look at a celebrity story, the report on a tropical storm, or the sex scandal of a politician in quite the same way again.

The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel

by Alain de Botton

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2003-05-29
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0141930268
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'Honest, funny and dripping with witty aphorisms. Extremely entertaining and enlightening [...] all the way to journey's end' Herald One of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life, presents a travel guide with a difference - an exploration of why we travel, and what we learn along the way... Few activities seem to promise as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so. With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel minibars, airports to sightseeing. The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggest how we might be happier on our journeys. 'Delightful, profound, entertaining. I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life' Jan Morris 'An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling' Colin Thubron, The Times

From a Cause to a Style

From a Cause to a Style
Modernist Architecture's Encounter with the American City

by Nathan Glazer

  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 2009-01-10
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781400827589
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Modernism in architecture and urban design has failed the American city. This is the decisive conclusion that renowned public intellectual Nathan Glazer has drawn from two decades of writing and thinking about what this architectural movement will bequeath to future generations. In From a Cause to a Style, he proclaims his disappointment with modernism and its impact on the American city. Writing in the tradition of legendary American architectural critics Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs, Glazer contends that modernism, this new urban form that signaled not just a radical revolution in style but a social ambition to enhance the conditions under which ordinary people lived, has fallen short on all counts. The articles and essays collected here--some never published before, all updated--reflect his ideas on subjects ranging from the livable city and public housing to building design, public memorials, and the uses of public space. Glazer, an undisputed giant among public intellectuals, is perhaps best known for his writings on ethnicity and social policy, where the unflinching honesty and independence of thought that he brought to bear on tough social questions has earned him respect from both the Left and the Right. Here, he challenges us to face some difficult truths about the public places that, for better or worse, define who we are as a society. From a Cause to a Style is an exhilarating and thought-provoking book that raises important questions about modernist architecture and the larger social aims it was supposed to have addressed-and those it has abandoned.

Architecture and Violence

Architecture and Violence

by Bechir Kenzari

  • Publisher : ACTAR Publishers
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 285
  • ISBN : 8492861738
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Consolations of Philosophy

The Consolations of Philosophy

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2013-01-23
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 030783350X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, a delightful, truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source of help for our most painful everyday problems. Perhaps only Alain de Botton could uncover practical wisdom in the writings of some of the greatest thinkers of all time. But uncover he does, and the result is an unexpected book of both solace and humor. Dividing his work into six sections -- each highlighting a different psychic ailment and the appropriate philosopher -- de Botton offers consolation for unpopularity from Socrates, for not having enough money from Epicurus, for frustration from Seneca, for inadequacy from Montaigne, and for a broken heart from Schopenhauer (the darkest of thinkers and yet, paradoxically, the most cheering). Consolation for envy -- and, of course, the final word on consolation -- comes from Nietzsche: "Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us." This wonderfully engaging book will, however, make us feel better in a good way, with equal measures of wit and wisdom.

Become what You are

Become what You are

by Alan Watts

  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN : 1570629404
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this collection of essays, Watts displays the playfulness of thought and simplicity of language that has made him one of the most popular lecturers and authors on the spiritual traditions of the East. Watts draws on a variety of religious traditions and explores the limits of language in the face of spiritual truth.

Sometimes Happiness

Sometimes Happiness
The Architecture of Isay Weinfeld

by Isay Weinfeld

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2014
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9783899554922
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Isay Weinfeld melds the forms of classical modernism and visionary Brazilian architecture into distinctive structures of captivating beauty and timeless elegance. Isay Weinfeld is one of today's most soughtafter architects. He has succeeded in developing a warm, elegant, and contemporary style with a distinctly Brazilian touch that effortlessly melds contrasting characteristics--tropical with modern, playful with functional, minimalistic with elaborate, sophisticated with democratic. Weinfeld's remarkable talent has caught the attention of clients from around the world, who have asked him to create their hotels, residences, shops, and commercial buildings. Weinfeld's best-known structures in clued the Fasano Hotel and the 360° Building in São Paulo, the square nine Hotel in Belgrade, and the Fasano Las Piedras in Uruguay, which was featured on the cover of once in a lifetime. Weinfeld is currently working on a high-rise residential building for the royal family of Monaco. Sometimes Happiness is the first comprehensive showcase of Isay Weinfeld's body of work. The large-format book features detailed depictions of 20 exemplary projects that are supplemented by images of his personal arrangements of various objects--so-called "table scapes." Project descriptions, anecdotes, and fictional narratives by the architect himself as well as befriended artists, writers, and cinematographers give added insight into Weinfeld's work. What makes Isay Weinfeld so outstanding is that he designs not only exteriors, but also buildings in their entirety. While some architects, even famous ones, leave the interior design of their structures to others, Weinfeld plans his buildings to the last detail. He even designs furniture himself or researches and seeks out the most fitting furnishings from around the world. Narrative elements are a focus of Weinfeld's work, and he pays particular attention to staging the transition from outside to inside. Given that entering one of his buildings turns into an unforgettable experience, it comes as no surprise that Weinfeld counts the films of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman among his influences, along with the visual arts and the music of Radiohead and Jay-Z.

Building Happiness

Building Happiness
Architecture to Make You Smile

by Jane Wernick

  • Publisher : Artifice Incorporated
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 9781906155469
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Building Happiness project was started by Building Futures early in 2007, with the aim of discussing whether the way we design our built environment can have a direct bearing on how happy we feel. Can we construct happiness? The book follows on from numerous consultative initiatives, including a public debate hosted in May 2007, with the aim of gathering public and informed opinion on the subject. We spoke to a number key thinker and practitioners to share their thoughts. Architects, artists, policy advisors, developers, engineers and health researchers have all contributed. In addition, we have asked people who use and inhabit our built environment to describe places which do indeed make them happy, including the journalist Kirsty Wark, the sculptor Antony Gormley, the architect Richard Rogers, and the Young Vic Theatre Director David Lan. This book aims to provoke discussion amongst all those who inhabit, plan or design our built spaces, and to encourage the professionals to keep happiness at the centre of their work.

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

by Marc Kushner

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2015-03-10
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 1476784930
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The founder of Architizer.com and practicing architect draws on his unique position at the crossroads of architecture and social media to highlight 100 important buildings that embody the future of architecture. We’re asking more of architecture than ever before; the response will define our future. A pavilion made from paper. A building that eats smog. An inflatable concert hall. A research lab that can walk through snow. We’re entering a new age in architecture—one where we expect our buildings to deliver far more than just shelter. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and repurposed materials. Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, this book collects the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow. The buildings hail from all seven continents (to say nothing of other planets), offering a truly global perspective on what lies ahead. Each page captures the soaring confidence, the thoughtful intelligence, the space-age wonder, and at times the sheer whimsy of the world’s most inspired buildings—and the questions they provoke: Can a building breathe? Can a skyscraper be built in a day? Can we 3D-print a house? Can we live on the moon? Filled with gorgeous imagery and witty insight, this book is an essential and delightful guide to the future being built around us—a future that matters more, and to more of us, than ever.

Religion for Atheists

Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

by Alain De Botton

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2012-03-06
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0307907104
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world. Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the world’s religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, among other concerns, build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing some peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last, in Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.

Creating Sensory Spaces

Creating Sensory Spaces
The Architecture of the Invisible

by Barbara Erwine

  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release : 2016-12-19
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN : 1317420683
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Creating Sensory Spaces celebrates spaces enlivened with sensual richness and provides you with the knowledge and tools necessary to create them. Drawing on numerous built case studies in ten countries and illustrated with over 85 full color images, the book presents a new framework for the design of sensory spaces including light, color, temperature, smell, sound, and touch. Bridging across disciplines of architecture, engineering, phenomenology and perceptual psychology, this book informs the design of buildings and neighborhoods that reclaim the role of the body and all the senses in creating memorable experiences of place and belonging.