One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets surrounding us.
And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. The Architecture of Happiness starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, arguing that architecture's task is to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.
Whereas many architects are wary of openly discussing the word beauty, this book has at its center the significant and naïve question: What is a beautiful building? It is a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture that aims to change how we think about our homes, streets, and ourselves.