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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 and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. "The Architecture of Happiness" starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and it argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential. Whereas many architects are wary of openly discussing the word beauty, this book has at its center the large and naive question: What is a beautiful building? It is a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture that aims to change the way we think about our homes, our streets and ourselves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375424434
ISBN-10: 0375424431
Format: Hardback
(206mm x 170mm x 23mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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