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The Architecture of Happiness | by Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
(Vintage International, 2008, 280 pages)

The Architecture of Happiness is one part philosophy, one part architectural history, and one part personal nostalgia. Through a learned view of different major architectural monuments of the past, and the retelling of individual personal stories of residency, this book examines the way in which architecture defines our identities. The author refutes the idea that to engage in meaningful relationships with our things, and homes, is frivolous; and states that our dwellings are a reflection of who we are, or who we want to be. Identity, Botton says, is the most profound purpose of architecture. Peppered with beautiful quotations on the self and architecture from a plethora of scholarly and culturally diverse sources, this book is a true gem; one that I would surely place on a shelf in my home… a small expression of my own version of beauty.

5 thoughts on “The Architecture of Happiness | by Alain de Botton

  1. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this
    blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the
    blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    1. We’re sorry images aren’t loading for you. Everything seems to be fine on our end – we checked on three different browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
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