The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness

Book - 2006
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Rooted in the idea that architecture and interior design have the power to influence how we feel and that we are, for better and for worse, different people in different buildings, this book suggests how we might learn to build better, more attractive dwellings in which we would stand a higher chance of happiness.
Publisher: London : Pantheon, 2006
ISBN: 9780241142486
0241142482
Branch Call Number: ANF 720.13 DEBO
Characteristics: 280 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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ontherideau Jan 26, 2017

A very popular book stressing the importance of beauty in architecture.
"We owe it to the fields that our houses will not be the inferiors of the virgin land they replaced. We owe it to the worms and the trees that the buildings we cover them with will stand as promises of the highest and most intelligent kinds of happiness."

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geolatin
Jul 10, 2016

This is a short history of Western architecture and the psychology of artistic tastes. I read it in one vacation day while sitting on the beach and by the pool.

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VRMurphy
May 01, 2013

A book about architecture with no architwaddle - refreshing indeed. A good read about why art matters and how/why popular tastes change, built on a solid foundation that the buildings have to function appropriately for the inhabitants (take that, Corbusier!).

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gailygirl
Mar 25, 2008

A very interesting book - glad it was on the Globe and Mail list of top 100

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geolatin
Jul 10, 2016

How awkward to have to defend, in the face of more tangible needs, the benefits of realigning a crooked lamppost or replacing an ill-matched window frame. Pg 18

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