Community Buildings: Building Community

Alex Lifschutz, Debbie Klein, Alain de Botton

27/02/2011 1:30 pm

One of the causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment. Alain de Botton tells us about his new Living Architecture project, dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of world-class modern architecture. Alex Lifschutz described the new Jewish Community Centre for London building and the impact that it will have. They spoke about the way beautiful buildings can alter our perception of self and community and the way we think about both ourselves and our communities.

Alex Lifschutz

Alex Lifschutz is founder of an award-winning architectural practice in London with many projects in its repertoire: housing, offices, sports and community buildings, bridges and a green power station.

Debbie Klein

Debbie Klein is the Chairman of the JCC for London, Joint Chief Executive of Engine and Chairman of the advertising agency WCRS. She was recently named one of The Sunday Times Top 40 under 40 in Media.

Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Religion for Atheists, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London and founded The School of Life ( and Living Architecture (