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In his extraordinary new book, Alain de Botton explores the importance of buildings in our lives, pondering our attachment to our homes and considering such questions as: Why do people disagree about taste? Can beautiful surroundings make us good? Not to mention: What makes a window frame attractive?

Rooted in the idea that architecture has the power to influence how we feel and that we are different people in different buildings, he suggests how we might learn to build better, more attractive dwellings, in which we could stand a higher chance of happiness.

©2006 Alain de Botton (P)2006 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2018

book is about architecture and history

Briefly goes into theme of history culture beauty and it's relation to architecture.
The book is about how different architecture makes different people happy.
very worthwhile read🙂

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  • Jeroen Huls
  • 28-12-2017

Promising start, shallow end

I expected more profound conclusions starting this book, than it eventually gives. The book fails to go in depth too much.

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  • The Magus
  • 14-02-2018

Quite Disappointing

Button's writing here is crippled by his incessant attempts to sound as though he's contributing a tome of great worth to architectural academia. Where in actual fact his prose are at their best when he uses more pedestrian vocabulary, and attempts to evoke the universal in mundanity. The book lacks substance and structure, more of an introduction to thinking about architecture, for those who would like to impress their friends at dinner parties by spouting a few choice terms and broad generalisations which Botton himself is kind enough to elucidate here. Quite disappointing. Wouldn't bother if I were you.

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