Saturday, January 8, 2011

the architecture of happiness (book #18)

One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we’re surrounded by.

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 argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.

Alain de Botton
@ amazon 


  1. But…. How do stimulate the happiness in the humen brain what are constrains…..

  2. Ah.. this book is not about directly creating happiness by doing 'good' architecture........

  3. Yes, its a good book. everyone should read it.
    Different perspective from a non-architect!

  4. human brain is something very complicated. i don't even think that we know 1% of how complicated it is.