The Architecture of Happiness


The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness is a book by Alain de Botton (ISBN 978-0241142486) that discusses the importance of beauty, published by Pantheon Books in 2006. De Botton, inspired by Stendhal's motto "beauty is the promise of happiness," analyzes human surroundings and how human needs and desires manifest their ideals in architecture.

Chapter Headings
" I. The Significance of Architecture"
"II. In What Style Shall We Build?"
"III. Talking Buildings"
"IV. Ideals of Home"
"V. The Virtues of Buildings"
"VI. The Promise of a Field"

A television series, "The Perfect Home", commissioned for Channel 4 and which first aired in 2006, was based on the book.


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