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The Architecture of Happiness

(2006)
A non fiction book by

 
 
Bestselling author Alain de Botton considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel, and how we could build dwellings in which we would stand a better chance of happiness.

In this witty, erudite look at how we shape, and are shaped by, our surroundings, Alain de Botton applies Stendhal's motto that “Beauty is the promise of happiness” to the spaces we inhabit daily. Why should we pay attention to what architecture has to say to us? de Botton asks provocatively.

With his trademark lucidity and humour, de Botton traces how human needs and desires have been served by styles of architecture, from stately Classical to minimalist Modern, arguing that the stylistic choices of a society can represent both its cherished ideals and the qualities it desperately lacks. On an individual level, de Botton has deep sympathy for our need to see our selves reflected in our surroundings; he demonstrates with great wisdom how buildings — just like friends — can serve as guardians of our identity.

Worrying about the shape of our sofa or the colour of our walls might seem self-indulgent, but de Botton considers the hopes and fears we have for our homes at a new level of depth and insight. When shopping for furniture or remodelling the kitchen, we don't just consider functionality but also the major questions of aesthetics and the philosophy of art: What is beauty? Can beautiful surroundings make us good? Can beauty bring happiness? The buildings we find beautiful, de Botton concludes, are those that represent our ideas of a meaningful life.

The Architecture of Happiness marks a return to what Alain does best — taking on a subject whose allure is at once tantalizing and a little forbidding and offering to readers a completely beguiling and original exploration of the subject. As he did with Proust, philosophy, and travel, now he does with architecture.

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October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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September 2006 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-7710-2602-1 / 978-0-7710-2602-7 (Canada edition)
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April 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-241-14248-2 / 978-0-241-14248-6 (UK edition)
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2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-241-97005-9 / 978-0-241-97005-8 (UK edition)
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October 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-241-96806-2 / 978-0-241-96806-2 (UK edition)
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-307-27724-0 / 978-0-307-27724-4 (USA edition)
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April 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-14-101500-4 / 978-0-14-101500-2 (UK edition)
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-241-14249-0 / 978-0-241-14249-3 (UK edition)
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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June 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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March 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness (Library Edition)
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness (Library Edition)
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ISBN: 1-4332-2294-9 / 978-1-4332-2294-8 (USA edition)
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March 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness (Library Edition)
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April 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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ISBN: 0-14-180675-3 / 978-0-14-180675-4 (UK edition)
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December 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness
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December 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Architecture of Happiness (Vintage International)
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March 2007 : UK Kindle edition
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