- Taschenbuch: 280 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: 01 (27. März 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0241970059
- ISBN-13: 978-0241970058
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 10.756 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Architecture of Happiness (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. März 2014
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Clever, provocative and fresh as a daisy (Literary Review)
Full of splendid ideas, often happily and beautifully expressed . . . an engaging and intelligent book (Independent)
Genuinely thought-provoking (Time Out)
In his extraordinary new book, Alain de Botton considers the hopes and fears we have for our homes at a new level of depth and insight, 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, "The Beauty of Houses" suggests how we might learn to build better, more attractive dwellings, in which we would stand a higher chance of happiness. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Interestingly enough what we search for in a work of architecture is not so far from what we search for in a friend because the objects we describe as beautiful art versions of the people we love. The buildings we admire are those which extol values we think are worthwhile: through their materials, shapes and colours they express qualities such as friendliness, kindness, subtlety, strength and intelligence. As Stendhal wrote, "Beauty is the promise of happiness."
We are vulnerable to what the spaces we inhabit are saying. In a drab hotel room our optimism and sense of purpose are liable to drain away. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves. We need a home in the psychological sense as much as we need a home in the physical sense: to compensate for vulnerability, we need a refuge.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Alain de Botton hat einen sehr eigenen Humor: Unter einem Foto mit Göring beim französischen Botschafter "The moral ineffectiveness of a beautiful home". Im Hintergrund Lucas Cranach.
Noch ein Zitat: "The noblest of architecture can sometimes do less for us than a siesta or an aspirin"
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Required reading for architects and anyone considering buying or constructing a building.
None of the arguments in the book are earth-shattering, and they shouldn't be. De Botton's ultimate purpose of the book is to convert the "non-believers" of architecture who believe that the profession is nothing more than fanciful, unnecessary ornament. It successfully proves why we need architecture in a very gradual way: first, if you believe that who you are depends on external forces (not a very demanding concept for even the most cynical), then you can come to believe that who you are depends on where you are, followed by who you are depends on the built environment around you as much as the people in your life. After he adds this concluding link in his chain of persuasion, de Botton provides a list of five virtues that any happy structure should reflect: order, balance, elegance, coherence, and self-knowledge.
The writing is very well articulated but can get a little dense at times. Not bad, just a lot of information. I found it best to take this book section by section with periods of contemplation between allowing myself to digest the content better. In my opinion, this is not a book to pick up for a quick read and easy discard. There are some very well thought out concepts within these pages and it is well worth the time to read it more than once.
This book has found a place on my small shelf of essential reading.