The Architecture of Happiness

Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.

Author: Alain De Botton

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307277244

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

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The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.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 is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Architecture of Happiness

The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.

Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014193025X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life The Architecture of Happiness explores the fascinating hidden links between the buildings we live in and our long-term wellbeing 'Engaging and intelligent... Full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed' Independent 'Alain de Botton takes big, complex subjects and writes about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer 'Clever, provocative and fresh as a daisy' Literary Review What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved? To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights. The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.

The Architecture of Reason

Let us explore this objectivist position further by first considering Aristotle's view.
that Aristotle was mainly right in treating happiness as intrinsically good and ...

Author: Robert Audi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198032359

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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The literature on theoretical reason has been dominated by epistemological concerns, treatments of practical reason by ethical concerns. This book overcomes the limitations of dealing with each separately. It sets out a comprehensive theory of rationality applicable to both practical and theoretical reason. In both domains, Audi explains how experience grounds rationality, delineates the structure of central elements, and attacks the egocentric conception of rationality. He establishes the rationality of altruism and thereby supports major moral principles. The concluding part describes the pluralism and relativity his conception of rationality accommodates and, taking the unified account of theoretical and practical rationality in that light, constructs a theory of global rationality--the overall rationality of persons. Rich in narrative examples, intriguing analogies, and intuitively appealing arguments, this beautifully crafted book will spur advances in ethics and epistemology as well in philosophy of mind and action and the theory of rationality itself.

Sometimes Happiness

The large-format book features detailed depictions of 20 exemplary projects that are supplemented by images of his personal arrangements of various objects--so-called "table scapes.

Author: Isay Weinfeld


ISBN: 9783899554922

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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Isay Weinfeld melds the forms of classical modernism and visionary Brazilian architecture into distinctive structures of captivating beauty and timeless elegance. Isay Weinfeld is one of today's most soughtafter architects. He has succeeded in developing a warm, elegant, and contemporary style with a distinctly Brazilian touch that effortlessly melds contrasting characteristics--tropical with modern, playful with functional, minimalistic with elaborate, sophisticated with democratic. Weinfeld's remarkable talent has caught the attention of clients from around the world, who have asked him to create their hotels, residences, shops, and commercial buildings. Weinfeld's best-known structures in clued the Fasano Hotel and the 360° Building in São Paulo, the square nine Hotel in Belgrade, and the Fasano Las Piedras in Uruguay, which was featured on the cover of once in a lifetime. Weinfeld is currently working on a high-rise residential building for the royal family of Monaco. Sometimes Happiness is the first comprehensive showcase of Isay Weinfeld's body of work. The large-format book features detailed depictions of 20 exemplary projects that are supplemented by images of his personal arrangements of various objects--so-called "table scapes." Project descriptions, anecdotes, and fictional narratives by the architect himself as well as befriended artists, writers, and cinematographers give added insight into Weinfeld's work. What makes Isay Weinfeld so outstanding is that he designs not only exteriors, but also buildings in their entirety. While some architects, even famous ones, leave the interior design of their structures to others, Weinfeld plans his buildings to the last detail. He even designs furniture himself or researches and seeks out the most fitting furnishings from around the world. Narrative elements are a focus of Weinfeld's work, and he pays particular attention to staging the transition from outside to inside. Given that entering one of his buildings turns into an unforgettable experience, it comes as no surprise that Weinfeld counts the films of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman among his influences, along with the visual arts and the music of Radiohead and Jay-Z.

How to Take Your Time

Fascinating and vital, How to Take Your Time will urge you to find the wisdom in defying “the self-satisfaction felt by ‘busy’ men—however idiotic their business—at ‘not having time’ to do what you are doing.” A Vintage ...

Author: Alain De Botton

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525435026

Category: Humor

Page: 16

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Curiously practical—this no-nonsense blend of literary biography and self-help unravels how interesting life can be if only you could resist the impulse to rush through the mundane rituals of modern life. Every morning, Marcel Proust sipped his two cups of strong coffee with milk, ate a croissant from one boulangerie, dunking it in his coffee as he slowly read the day’s paper with great care—poring over each headline and section. Only Alain de Botton could have pulled so many useful insights from the oeuvre of one the world’s greatest literary masters. Fascinating and vital, How to Take Your Time will urge you to find the wisdom in defying “the self-satisfaction felt by ‘busy’ men—however idiotic their business—at ‘not having time’ to do what you are doing.” A Vintage Shorts Wellness selection. An ebook short.

The Architecture of Anna Karenina

His efforts to achieve practical goals and personal happiness , even though they
were successful , were senseless if he was to consider himself just " a bubble -
organism which emerged in an infinity of space , would exist for a short time and

Author: Elisabeth Stenbock-Fermor

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9781588116758

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 127

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When criticized about the lack of architecture in Anna Karenina, connecting the themes of Levin and Anna Karenina, Tolstoj disagreed: “The arches of the vault are brought together in such a way that it is even impossible to notice where the keystone is.” This book explores the architecture, attempting to trace the pattern of the invisible pillars that support the 'arches' on both side of the 'vault', leading to the discovery of the 'keystone' which Tolstoj tried so hard to keep invisible.

The Architecture of Birds

Buffon , on the other hand , considers such labours a slavish misery to the race of
woodpeckers , whom he represents as peculiarly wretched examples of the
inequality to be found in the distribution of happiness . ? Animals , ' says Buffon ...

Author: James Rennie



Category: Birds

Page: 390

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The Architecture of Country Houses

All to which the heart can attach itself in youth , and the memory linger fondly over
in riper years , contributes largely to our stock of happiness , and to the elevation
of the moral character . For this reason , the condition of the family home - in ...

Author: Andrew Jackson Downing



Category: Architecture, Domestic

Page: 484

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The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design

As such (as I have already stated), interiors are both a material manifestation and
a concept, answering both functional requirements while at the same time
creating a ... The Architecture of Happiness: The Secret Art of Furnishing Your

Author: Graeme Brooker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472539044

Category: Design

Page: 672

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The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design offers a compelling collection of original essays that seek to examine the shifting role of interior architecture and interior design, and their importance and meaning within the contemporary world. Interior architecture and interior design are disciplines that span a complexity of ideas, ranging from human behaviour and anthropology to history and the technology of the future. Approaches to designing the interior are in a constant state of flux, reflecting and adapting to the changing systems of history, culture and politics. It is this process that allows interior design to be used as evidence for identifying patterns of consumption, gender, identity and social issues. The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design provides a pioneering overview of the ideas and arrangements within the two disciplines that make them such important platforms from which to study the way humans interact with the space around them. Covering a wide range of thought and research, the book enables the reader to investigate fully the changing face of interior architecture and interior design, while offering questions about their future trajectory.

The Architecture of the Heavens Containing a New Theory of the Universe and the Extent of the Deluge and the Testimony of the Bible and Geology in Opposition to the Views of Dr Colenso

Hence Mr. Whiston supposed that they could not be the abodes of happiness ,
and therefore was led to believe that they are the places of punishment for the
wicked who were alternately wheeled in regions of intolerable heat and
afterwards ...

Author: Ezekiel Stone Wiggins

Publisher: J. Lovell


Category: Bible and geology

Page: 304

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Ideas Buildings

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How Manufacturing Methodologies are ... Richard Niputra The Architecture of
Arthur Erickson Arthur Frikssun The Architecture of Happiness Alain De Bottur
The ...

Author: Carl Knutson

Publisher: Images Publishing

ISBN: 9780981543604

Category: Architecture

Page: 201

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Perkins+Will, a global architecture and design practice, releases the first volume in a series of publications showcasing the talent of its teams and scope of their projects. Ideas + Buildings defines the essential characteristics of innovation and excellence that make Perkins+Will unique among architecture firms worldwide. The Ideas + Buildings series will includes essays on design theory; white papers on programmatic and technological innovation, client business issues and the environment; and ideas that relate directly to the practice and its work as well as broader social and cultural issues. Ideas + Buildings Collective Process / Global, Social and Sustainable Design includes 12 unique projects along with anecdotal information about the firm and its history - providing insight into the firm, who they are and what they do. The book demonstrates the progress and energy of Perkins+Will as the firm advances towards its 75th anniversary.

The Architecture of Drama

Plot, Character, Theme, Genre and Style David Letwin, Joe and Robin Stockdale.
CHAPTER Character If someone asked you,”Who is this Macbeth?”would you
say,”He's ... Happiness and misery are the result of action, and the end [of life (?)

Author: David Letwin

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810862263

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Many of the world's greatest dramas have sprung not only from the creative impulses of the authors but also from the time-honored principles of structure and design that have forged those impulses into coherent and powerful insights. An understanding of these principles is essential to the craft of creating and interpreting works of drama for the stage or screen. The Architecture of Drama provides an introduction to these principles, with particular emphasis placed on how a drama's structural elements fit together to create meaningful and entertaining experiences for audiences. The book is arranged into five sections, each dealing with a separate component: _

Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life

45 While Stephen does not fully articulate the class division at Morton, she feels it
keenly. As a child seeing her parents' pleasure in each other, she yearns to have
a share of this happiness herself, but her first love is Collins, the housemaid.

Author: Victoria Rosner

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507879

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life offers a bold new assessment of the role of the domestic sphere in modernist literature, architecture, and design. Elegantly synthesizing modernist literature with architectural plans, room designs, and decorative art, Victoria Rosner's work explores the collaborations among modern British writers, interior designers, and architects in redefining the form, function, and meaning of middle-class private life. Drawing on a host of previously unexamined archival sources and works by figures such as E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, Oscar Wilde, James McNeill Whistler, and Virginia Woolf, Rosner highlights the participation of modernist literature in the creation of an experimental, embodied, and unstructured private life, which we continue to characterize as "modern."

The Architecture of Red Vienna 1919 1934

manifold complexities, to bear on countless stimulating discussions and critical
readings of early drafts. ... acknowledge Friedrich Achletmer, both for the
example of his evocative writing on Viennese architectural culture and for his ... It
is also a particular pleasure to thank my children, Elizabeth and Alexander Rose,
for great happiness and much-needed distraction during the many months of
writing. pean ...

Author: Eve Blau

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262024519

Category: Architecture

Page: 509

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In this book, Eve Blau looks at how ideological conflict shapedthe buildings of RedVienna—in terms of their program, spatialconception, language, and use—as wellas how political meaning itselfis manifested in architecture.

The Architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor

worked so closely with McKim, Mead 8: White, he must have sensed the tide of
North American architecture turning in favour of BeauxArts training and design
and ... As a long-time colleague later remarked: “His greatest happiness was

Author: Susan Wagg

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773588388

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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By the year 1900, architect Andrew Taylor had designed Bank of Montreal branches across the continent and much of McGill University, helped found the McGill School of Architecture, and played a critical role in creating the first professional organization for Quebec architects. In The Architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor, Susan Wagg presents a groundbreaking study of the life and work of a major figure in nineteenth-century Canadian architecture. Born in Edinburgh and trained in Scotland and England, Taylor spent two decades in Canada between 1883 and 1904, designing some of Montreal's most iconic landmarks. Wagg places his career amidst the wealth of opportunities provided by Canada's high society and captains of industry. Taylor's Canadian relatives, Montreal's powerful Redpath family, brought him into contact with the small group of financiers and entrepreneurs who controlled Canada's destiny. With the support of such influential patrons as Sir William Macdonald and the Bank of Montreal, Taylor successfully confronted dramatic changes in building technology as iron and steel were increasingly used and buildings grew ever taller. He innovatively adapted English and American styles to the Canadian environment, designing structures distinctively suited to their place in history. Positioning Taylor's extensive designs within the context of his time, The Architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor firmly establishes his work as a cornerstone of Canadian architecture.

Essays in Love

What makes this book extraordinary is the depth with which the emotions involved in the relationship are analysed. Love comes under the philosophical microscope.

Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 0771026064

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 211

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The bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life revisits his utterly charming debut book, Essays in Love. The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris-to-London flight, and by the time they’ve reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love. He loves her chestnut hair, watery green eyes, the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic, and her views on Heidegger’s Being and Time — but he hates her taste in shoes. What makes this book extraordinary is the depth with which the emotions involved in the relationship are analysed. Love comes under the philosophical microscope. Plotting the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, through a fit of anhedonia — defined in medical texts as a disease resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness — and finally through the terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins, inexplicably, to drift away, Essays in Love is filled with profound and witty observations on the pain and exhilaration of love. An entire chapter is devoted to the nuances and subtexts of an initial date, while another chapter mulls over the question of how and when to say “I love you.” With allusions to Aristotle, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Groucho Marx, de Botton has plotted an imaginative and microscopically detailed romance.

Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity

and. Play: Walter. Benjamin. and. the. Prelapsarian. Child. Carlo Salzani The
gracefulness of children does exist, and it exists primarily as a kind of corrective
to society; it is one of those 'hints' we are vouchsafed of a 'happiness as yet ...

Author: Andrew Benjamin


ISBN: 0980544092

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

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Walter Benjamin is universally recognised as one of the key thinkers of modernity: his writings on politics, language, literature, media, theology and law have had an incalculable influence on contemporary thought. Yet the problem of architecture in and for Benjamin's work remains relatively underexamined. Does Benjamin's project have an architecture and, if so, how does this architecture affect the explicit propositions that he offers us? In what ways are Benjamin's writings centrally caught up with architectural concerns, from the redevelopment of major urban centres to the movements that individuals can make within the new spaces of modern cities? How can Benjamin's theses help us to understand the secret architectures of the present? This volume takes up the architectural challenge in a number of innovative ways, collecting essays by both well-known and emerging scholars on time in cinema, the problem of kitsch, the design of graves and tombs, the orders of road-signs, childhood experience in modern cities, and much more. Engaged, interdisciplinary, bristling with insights, the essays in this collection will constitute an indispensable supplement to the work of Walter Benjamin, as well as providing a guide to some of the obscurities of our own present.

Modern Hospice Design

Benzel, Katherine F., The Room in Context. Design Beyond Boundaries, New
York, M 1998. Birksted, Jan, editor, Landscapes of Memory and Experience,
London, Spon Press, 2000. Botton, Alain de, The Architecture of Happiness,
London, ...

Author: Ken Worpole

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134056745

Category: Architecture

Page: 152

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There is a global public debate going on about care for the elderly and the dying, and what is meant by good quality palliative care. This book begins with the rise of the modern hospice movement, begun in 1967. Today there are 8,500 modern hospice projects in 123 countries. The hospice has become an iconic building for this new culture. This is not a book about hospitals as such, but about what lessons the hospice movement has for new ideas about buildings for healthcare across the world. For architects and interior designers, estate and facility managers involved in hospice design, healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and Heathcare Trust Boards.

The Consolations of Philosophy

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER One of the most influential voices in modern philosophy - the author of The Course of Love, Religion for Atheists, The Art of Travel and The School of Life Alain de Botton presents a one-stop shop for ...

Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141930314

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER One of the most influential voices in modern philosophy - the author of The Course of Love, Religion for Atheists, The Art of Travel and The School of Life Alain de Botton presents a one-stop shop for solving the problems of everyday life through the wisdom of history's great philosophers 'Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives' Independent 'Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining... An ingenious, imaginative book' The Sunday Times 'Witty, thoughtful, entertaining... It manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant' Anthony Clare, Literary Review 'No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker... A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation' John Banville, Irish Times Alain de Botton has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Find out what Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche would say about the things that bother us all the most: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety, the fear of failure and the pressure to conform.

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