Intriguing. I’ve heard good things about de Botton, and have been meaning to read some of his work. And I like traditional architectural styles; glad to see there are still esteemed thinkers who believe in their importance, notwithstanding the still all-too-pervasive gushing over Modernism / Brutalism in the architecture world today…
Good on de Botton, championing the good.
The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton
Botton is a Swiss-born Jew based in England, a philospher who writes on a variety of subjects, in this case, architecture. It’s interesting that James Howard Kunstler, practically a one-man Culture of Critique of American architecture, is also Jewish. There are some based Jews with good aesthetic sense, regardless of the degenerative Jewish influence in modern art, so effectively sent up by Tom Wolfe in Back to Blood.
Kunstler is a voice crying out in a devastated wilderness of American architecture. His “Eyesore of the Month” is a picture of some dehumanizing architectural abomination accompanied by severely rancorous commentary. H.L. Mencken noticed America’s general indifference, at best, active hostility at worst, to a humane landscape in an essay titled “Libido for the Ugly” (1927), where he notes,
Here is something that the psychologists have so far neglected: the love of ugliness for…
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