Children are rarely taught much about architecture, but there are in fact few subjects more important, because the quality of the architecture around us has such an impact on our mood and well-being.
In modern times, we have built a world that is far too often ugly or charmless— and we have done so because only a very few people feel they have the right to comment on what gets built around them. This is a chance for the next generation to develop the tools to talk about architecture with confidence and passion. It tells us about what a satisfying building is, what makes a street enticing (or not), why some cities are appealing while others repel us — and how we might build in a way that will delight and inspire us.
This engaging guide is designed to help children, and their favourite adults, to understand how buildings work and how we might create a better looking world.
185 pages. Hardcover.
About The School of Life
Founded by philosopher Alain de Botton, The School of Life is an organization that promotes emotional intelligence. Its books and courses are designed to help people find calm, self-understanding, and resilience through basic concepts found in philosophy and psychology. Topics covered include everything from love and marriage to modern capitalism and human behavior.