Architecture can render vivd to us who we might ideally be
I’m only on page 15 of Alain De Botton’s brilliant book, The Architecture of Happiness, but i’m already enjoying it so much I wanted to write down some of my favourite parts before I forget.
I can thoroughly recommend it for holiday reading purposes. Thank you to my inspired friend, Chloe, for sending it to me.
So far (four short chapters in), the book has associated architecture with happiness (as the title would suggest). It discusses a terraced house and how it had been witness to so much family life. The house provides not only physical but also psychological sanctuary - the guardian of identity. It doesn’t however seek to solve every problem.
My favourite quote:
“Although this house may lack solutions to a great many of occupants’ ills, its rooms nevertheless give evidence of a happiness to which architecture has made its distinctive contribution.”
Although the book is about architecture what we can gain from beautiful buildings, this all translates into fashion. Beautiful clothes alone don’t make anyone happy, but they can change a mood and give identity.
De Botton puts it so much more eloquently than me:
“Belief in the significance of architecture is premised on the notion that we are, for better or for worse, different people in different places - and on the conviction that it is architecture’s task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.”
Fashion can also render vivid to us who we might ideally be. Dress in the way you want to feel; it won’t solve every problem, but it may start you on the right track.