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 charmless—and we’ve done so because 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 guide is designed to help children (and their favorite adults) to understand how buildings work and how we might create the better looking world we all crave and deserve.
i. You are an architect!
ii. Why is architecture important?
iii. How buildings are like people
iv. Why are so many places ugly?
v. What is beauty?
vi. The recipe for good architecture
II. How to Build a Beautiful City
i. Make your city interesting
ii. Become a team manager
iii. Make things the right size
iv. Use nice materials
v. Develop a local style
vi. Make the city lively
vii. Repetition is good
i. Why are houses so expensive?
ii. Architecture and democracy
“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