What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture
Inspiring young minds to build a more beautiful world
Published by: The School of Life
Imprint: The School of Life
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
"This innovative guide teaches the basic principles of architecture in a relatable style associating concepts with everyday things, like a favorite sports team or creating a recipe. With photography and artwork throughout referencing a wide range of styles from all over the world … this is a clever start to a series that will encourage eager minds to look more deeply." – Claire Atherfold, Readings State Library
"Very highly recommended, "What Adults Don't Know About Architecture" is engaging and informative guide is designed to help children ages 9-15 (and their favorite adults!) to understand how buildings work and how we might create the better looking world we all crave and deserve." – Midwest Book Review
***What readers are saying:***
"A good read for anyone with an interest in architecture or studying architecture, and even new students that want a lighter read than that of a textbook." – Goodreads review
"The School of Life is always thought provoking and creates a new perspective for me. While I am an adult reader, I enjoyed this book as it will cause me to ask questions about architecture that I had not previously considered - why are certain areas appealing and others not." – Goodreads review