The Architecture of Happiness
By: Alain De Botton

De Botton provokes conservation about what makes buildings truly beautiful or ugly. Is it because we are a conformist even when we mean not to? He concentrates on the visceral reaction we get from good or bad design rather than the technicalities or the logistics that can often be very boring. From his writing, I can say that de Botton is a very kind individual that makes his take on the strange and the banal easy to read. This is a book that allows readers to discover a whole new way of looking at architecture and design with images and renders included.