The Architecture of HappinessThe Architecture of Happiness
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The Architecture of Happiness

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Alain de Botton

Design and architecture affect our vitality much more than we might guess. We can understand ourselves better and improve our lives by simply observing our surroundings more closely. Challenge yourself to pay more attention! Modern buildings are often the results of basic, conventional architectural designs; an example of this can be seen in the thousands of suburban homes in America that look the same. As we are aware of how monotony can have an influence on us as people, we have to be more creative in our thinking. We can benefit ourselves and our planet by creating intelligent and elegant architecture.

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The Architecture of Happiness explores how people relate to design and architecture. These bites unravel the influence of architecture by demonstrating why people are drawn to certain buildings, what design means to us, and how architecture can enhance our lives.

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Design and architecture affect our vitality much more than we might guess. We can understand ourselves better and improve our lives by simply observing our surroundings more closely. Challenge yourself to pay more attention! Modern buildings are often the results of basic, conventional architectural designs; an example of this can be seen in the thousands of suburban homes in America that look the same. As we are aware of how monotony can have an influence on us as people, we have to be more creative in our thinking. We can benefit ourselves and our planet by creating intelligent and elegant architecture.

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Architecture has evolved, as have standards of beauty.

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Buildings and objects evoke memories and remind us of people.

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A building can reveal a specific aspect of a person's character.

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People have benefited from architecture for propaganda purposes, but they can also use it to improve themselves.

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We are drawn to architecture that meets our human needs for elegance and coherence.

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