First published in Australia by Penguin Books (Australia) , a division of Pearson Group Australia Pty, LTD, 2006.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ch. 1. The significance of architecture -- Ch. 2. In what style should we build? -- Ch. 3. Talking buildings -- Ch. 4. Ideals of home -- Ch. 5. The virtues of buildings -- Ch. 6. The promise of a field.
"In The Architecture of Happiness Alain de Botton tackles a relationship central to our lives. Our buildings - and the objects we fill them with - affect us more profoundly than we might think. To take architecture seriously is to accept that we are, for better and for worse, different people in different places. De Botton suggests that it is architecture's task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be. Turning the spotlight from the humble terraced house to some of the world's most renowned buildings, De Botton considers how our private homes and public edifices - from those of Andrea Palladio to those of Le Corbusier and Norman Foster - influence how we feel, as well as how architects could build in ways that would increase our chances of happiness. The Architecture of Happiness amounts to a beguiling tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture. It could forever change the way you think about your home, your streets - and yourself." - back cover.