Building Happiness discusses the nature of happiness within our
built environment. In association with Building Futures, the book
includes ideas and debates informed by architects such as Herman
Hertzberger and Aldo van Eyck, with these brought up to date
through the work of contemporary architects and commentators. The
nature of our environment and how we use it and how we are
conditioned by it is considered in detail, particularly the ways
this affects our sense of wellbeing or happiness. Is this a
personal feeling or is it how space is used in our community that
constructs happiness? Is it green eco-houses, traditional cottages
or 1970s modernism that makes you happy? Building Happiness
comprises both short commentaries and longer essays concerned with
the impact of our built environment. The book also provides a
visual representation of the themes addressed through evocative
illustrations, sketches and photography. With an introduction
contributions by architectural and social critics such as Jeremy
Till, Shami Chakrabarti, and Kirsty Wark, as well as commentaries
from Glenda Jackson and prestigious architects and artists such as
Richard Rogers and Richard Wentworth, amongst others.
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