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Observer review: The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

the architecture of happiness

It has been a guardian of identity. As Nasr described, these cities and their component parts were designed with the explicit belief that a person's external environment strongly influenced their internal state. Because of this, he contends, it's the architect's task to design buildings that contribute to happiness by embodying ennobling values. The buildings seem to have shuffled forwards like a troupe of ballet dancers, each one aligning its toes to the very same point on the pavement as though in obediance to the baton of a strict dancing-master. He keeps architecture on a human level. The dominant rhythm of the blocks is accompanied by subsidiary harmonic progressions of lamps and benches. That de Botton can present a conclusion about rightness in architecture without ever using the word 'I' is perhaps the easiest demonstration of the self-positioning of the text, what I call its expansive occupation of the normative ground.

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS by Alain de Botton

the architecture of happiness

Very poetic and touches your heart to the core. The flawless object throws into perspective the mediocrity that surrounds it. Graceful disquisition on the significance of architecture, by a novelist and essayist whose eclectic interests range from How Proust Can Change Your Life 1997 to Status Anxiety 2004. Offre un punto di vista assolutamente originale e non banale. Every piece of art, furniture or architecture embodies certain values that we subconsciously perceive. We give buildings and sculptures personalities then judge them based on these projected human traits. Un rapporto difficile da comprendere perché ha ben poco di razionale.

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the architecture of happiness

A study of architecture examines how we both shape and are shaped by our private homes and public edifices and explains how our stylistic choices can be used to increase our chances of happiness. This image-packed book of short chapters has the effect of an afternoon with a sentimental and articulate friend. About the Author: Alain de Botton is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including The Consolations of Philosophy and Status Anxiety. The author outlines some rules that govern the beauty of buildings, throughout history and in different regions, and how it can be clearly defined, I think. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture.

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The Architecture of Happiness

the architecture of happiness

We seek associations of peace in our bedrooms, metaphors for generosity and harmony in our chairs, and an air of honesty and forth grace, by worn stone steps that hint at wisdom and by a Georgian doorway that demonstrates playfulness and courtesy in its fanlight window. La scrittura è scorrevole e il volume è ricco di immagini. I read the book because of my interest in beauty, form and function. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us. They tell us of certain moods that they seek to encourage and sustain in their inhabitants. As de Botton notes, the idealized human forms depicted by the Greeks were intended to offer a reminder of the goals of human perfection in that society, rather than to depict life as it actually was for most people. We need a refuge to shore up our states of mind, because so much of the world is opposed to our allegiances.

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The Architecture of Happiness (Audiobook) by Alain de Botton

the architecture of happiness

A terraced house on a tree-lined street. I first read On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Work because I heard him give an interview about that one last year. The only minor quibble I have with the book is with the illustrations. Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. Nevertheless, I am not sure the book added any significant information to my knowledge of the subject. Like buildings, we, too, contain opposites which can be more or less successfully handled.

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The Architecture of Happiness : Alain de Botton : 9780141015002

the architecture of happiness

It will be interesting to read about Proust because I've never ready any of his works, and don't intend to. It will change the way you look at your current home - and help you make the right decisions about your next one. The writing is too beautiful to be reduced to a set of the emerging tin standard for public speech, yet de Botton uses page breaks and illustrations to escape the mesmerizing movement of his own syntax. We can't remain sensitive indefinitely to environments which we don't have the means to alter for the good - and end up as conscious as we can afford to be. So while some parts seemed a little slow for me, by the time I put the book down I knew it had sparked something.

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the architecture of happiness

Negotiated to end a marital dispute on style, the Castle displays a Classic front and Gothic rear. Our inner metronome can be unimpressed by the efforts of workmen to create a fountain or nurture a symmetrical line of oak trees. I first read On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Work because I heard him give an interview about that one last year. 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. I'm not an architect nor an architecture expert, but I am definitely interested in the subject. After an exhaustive study of the buildings of Venice, in a moment of depressive lucidity, John Ruskin acknowledged that few Venetians in fact seemed elevated by their city, perhaps the most beautiful urban tapestry in the world.

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Observer review: The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

the architecture of happiness

Occasionally, the letter-box opens with a rasp to admit a plaintive leaflet. He can be contacted by email directly via He is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. But that is precisely why I found it extremely boring. In order not to mock such details, we need a culture confident enough about its pragmatism and aggression that is can also acknowledge that contract demands of vulnerability and play - a culture, that is, sufficiently unthreatened by weakness and decadence as to allow for visible celebrations of tenderness. In fact, the last chapter I had to kind of make myself finish. The book reads like a combination of architecture primer and persuasive essay stocked with supporting photos and illustrations. Being a real life embodiment of Tom Hansen, I thought I would give this book a try.

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS by Alain de Botton

the architecture of happiness

He talks about how the buildings and art we find appealing reflect the fulfillment of our desires, not what we are or have, but the ideals we aspire to. Devo ammettere che questo libro mi ha piacevolmente stupito. I think that de Botton or his publishers have agreed to incorporate black-and-white imagery in his books, but I think that the architecture volume is one that would have strongly benefited from color photographs since color is such an important element of design. Passing it on the stairs last thing at night or in the morning on our way to work would have the effect of a magnet which could pull to the surface submerged filaments of our characters. So regardless of what it is you enjoy doing or the art you find yourself truly attracted to, you are bound to pull something valuable out of this book.

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