This course will focus on reading and discussing Alain de Botton’s book, The Architecture of Happiness. In his book, de Botton explores new ways of evaluating the built world beyond the simple dichotomies of beautiful or ugly. He asks instead, what values are embodied in design, and how can architecture help us realize our best self. These are important questions in the 21st century as more and more people are making the decision to move back into urban and inner ring suburban neighborhoods.
Book: The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton