Strange Home Atlas reads: The Happiness of Architecture

” We are also creatures who, with no possibility of profit or power, occasionally carve friars out of stone and mould angels onto walls. In order not to mock such details, we need a culture confident enough about its pragmatism and aggression that it can also acknowledge the contrary demands of vulnerability and play – a culture, that is, sufficiently unthreatened by weakness and decadence as to allow for visible celebrations of tenderness.”

Alain de Botton: The Architecture of Happiness, 2006.

Muuratsalo Experimental House, Alvar Aalto 1952-53, photo © Moritz Bernoully
Muuratsalo Experimental House,
Alvar Aalto 1952-53, photo © Moritz Bernoully
Finnish Landscape, Cosroe Dusi (1808-1859)
Finnish Landscape, Cosroe Dusi (1808-1859)

 

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