One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of chairs, walls, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet, a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.
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"De Botton has a marvelous knack for coming at weighty subjects from entertainingly eccentric angles." (Seattle Times)
"With originality, verve, and wit, de Botton explains how we find reflections of our own values in the edifices we make....Altogether satisfying." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Entertaining and stimulating....The strength of his book is that it encourages us to open our eyes and really look at the buildings in which we live and work." (Publishers Weekly)
Alian de Botton is a great writer and this work demonstrates that beautifully. If you're at all interested in this book or aesthetic philosophy it is a must have for you. Also be sure to check out Alian's YouTube channel "The School of Life)
Verbalizes the difficult to articulate feelings that one experiences when experiencing a man-made place.
It's an unusual and difficult to tackle area. Nebulous. But the author has gotten the lightning into the bottle, as they say.
Vance brings to the material the character of a like-able and effusive aesthete and bon-vivant. The perfect voice for the elevated and of the moment ideas in the book.
The impossible book to capture on film has been made.
the theories are of interest to me, but it is hard to wade through the pompous language
Was hoping that listening to the book would help me get through the over-the-top language, but the awful and pretentious reading discouraged that
I enjoyed the book and loved the subject matter/the author's insights but I found Simon Vance's heavy intellectual voice distracting and difficult to listen to. I would have preferred a different narrator.
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