‘The Architecture of Happiness’
One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and sadness 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 thoughtless, even self-indulgent. The book ‘Architecture of Happiness’ starts from the idea that how we are heavily influenced by who we can be and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as a constant reminder of our full potential. Whereas many architects are cautious of openly discussing the word beauty, the book has at its centre the large and naïve question: ‘What is a beautiful building?’ It amounts to a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture, which aims to change the way we think about our homes, streets and ourselves.
The book is not about the architectural characteristics of space, plan, volume and design, but much more about the emotions that architecture inspires in the user of buildings.
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute