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What Adults Don't Know About Architecture

Inspiring young minds to build a more beautiful world

The School of Life



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Affirm Press
08 December 2020
Children are rarely introduced properly to architecture, but there are in fact few subjects more important - because the quality of the architecture that surrounds us has such an impact on our mood and sense of well-being.

The bitter truth is that in modern times, we've built a world that's far too often ugly or uncharming - and we've done so because only a very few people ever 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, knowledge and passion. It tells us about what a satisfying building is, what makes a street enticing (or not), why some cities are charming and others repel us - and how we might build going forward in a way that will reliably delight and uplift us.

This engaging and beautifully illustrated guide is designed to help children (and their favourite adults) to understand how buildings work and how we might create the better looking world we all crave and deserve.
By:   The School of Life
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9781912891306
ISBN 10:   1912891301
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   08 December 2020
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The School of Life Press brings together thinking and ideas under the direction of series editor, Alain de Botton. It addresses issues such as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand and - where necessary - change the world. Their books share a coherent, curated message that speaks with one voice: calm, reassuring, and sane.

Reviews for What Adults Don't Know About Architecture: Inspiring young minds to build a more beautiful world

These two books will help to give children a sense of what the point of architecture and art really are--in a way that will imbue them with a genuine lifelong interest in the subjects -- Alain de Botton

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