We’d been curious about Alain De Botton’s new book “The Architecture of Happiness” since it was recently released, but it’s was one of those things, one of many things, that we’d forgotten about, given the always busy schedule. But this week, as we’re headed out of town just before it starts snowing here in Chicago, and after reading this great review by our friends over at Bookslut, we may pick up a copy to read as we sip the coffee, watch the leaves finish changing, and enjoy the non-hectic-ness of it all. Here’s from the open:
In his latest book of philosophy, The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton turns his attention to architecture’s bearing on happiness and what we can learn about those who create, embrace, or reject certain manifestations of architecture. Beyond a home’s basic purpose (to provide shelter), we all look — consciously or not — for homes that reflect and bolster our personal ideals. But the two concepts of function and beauty, happily married in many modern homes, historically have been at odds.