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Architecture and Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

1Civil Engineering and Architecture Department, College of Science and Technology, Phuentsholing, Bhutan


American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2019, Vol. 7 No. 3, 135-140
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-7-3-3
Copyright © 2019 Science and Education Publishing

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Chimi. Architecture and Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2019; 7(3):135-140. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-7-3-3.

Correspondence to:  Chimi, Civil Engineering and Architecture Department, College of Science and Technology, Phuentsholing, Bhutan. Email: chimi.cst@rub.edu.bt

Abstract

Happiness is a state of emotion which every individual aspires to be, however, it is not an end result as it itself is based on the cause and condition. Gross National Happiness (GNH) is the Bhutan’s middle way development philosophy that quantify citizens’ state of wellbeing that leads to the individual and communal Happiness. Like other physical features, architecture too plays an equivalent role in its capacity imparting a sense of happiness to an individual or society. Architecture being considered as the profession that support any development process which ultimately leads to the summit of peoples’ comfort and happiness. Therefore this paper explains the four pillars and domains of GNH and how architecture contributes the society in fulfilling the vision of GNH Philosophy. It outlines how architecture justifies itself to the pillars and domains by inferring various report and research papers.

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