Alain de Botton
The architecture of happiness
Hamish Hamilton Publication, 2006, 720.1 DEB
Accompanied by a successful Channel 4 television series, The architecture of happiness suggests that it is architecture's task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be. Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton considers how our private homes and public edifices - from those of Christopher Wren to those of Le Corbusier and Norman Foster - influence how we feel, as well as how we could learn to build in ways that would increase our chances of happiness.
Read reviews of The architecture of happiness from The Guardian and The Independent newspapers.