Date and time: 22 October 2008, 7pm
Venue: Shoreditch Town Hall, London
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today launches Building Happiness: Architecture to Make You Smile, a pioneering new book looking at the psychology of the built environment and whether architecture can make you happy.
Featuring a host of the UK's eminent architects, designers and thinkers in the field, the book presents an eclectic range of essays and articles examining the diverse relationship architecture and happiness. Contributors include Stirling prize winning architect Keith Bradley, fashion designer Paul Smith, broadcaster Kirsty Wark, architect Richard Rogers, theatre director David Lan, sculptor Anthony Gormley, architectural critic Hugh Pearman, architect Will Alsop and engineer Jane Wernick.
The publication follows on from numerous consultative initiatives including This House Believes You Can't Build me Happiness - a public debate hosted in May 2007 with the aim of harvesting public opinion on the issues and creating discussion around the project.