Book Review of "Architecture of Happiness" by Alain de Botton. Pantheon Books, New York.

Tanner, Bronwyn (2007) Book Review of "Architecture of Happiness" by Alain de Botton. Pantheon Books, New York. Journal of Occupational Science, 14 (3). p. 176.

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De Botton’s book is an exploration (often philosophical and poetical) of architecture and its contribution to human wellbeing. At the heart of this lyrical, often humorous and beautifully illustrated book is a clearly articulated insight into the complex and dynamic transactions that occur between humans and the buildings that they design, construct and choose to inhabit. In paraphrasing John Ruskin, de Botton suggests that humans seek two things from their buildings - “We want them to shelter us. And we want them to speak to us …of whatever we find important and need to be reminded of” (p.62). This metaphor of dialogue, conversation and the eloquence of structure is a central thread upon which the author frequently returns and elaborates.

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Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1442-7591
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2010 03:49
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1201 Architecture > 120103 Architectural History and Theory @ 75%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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