The Architecture of Happiness | Consider Sculpture
For the non-believers in the power of architecture, Alain de Botton's prescription is a bit unpredictable; He recommends going to a modern art museum and observing sculptures. He notes that architecture is nothing more than "arrangements of stone, steel, concrete, wood, and glass..." So how is it that modest materials can speak so loudly?
It is often easier to hear what abstract sculptures, made of these same raw materials, have to say. The author knows that this might sound a little silly and certainly easy to dismiss. He writes as a counterpoint, "But, instead of accusing critics of reading too much into too little, we should allow abstract sculptures to demonstrate to us the range of thoughts and emotions that every kind of non-representational object can convey."
As you can tell de Botton is also quite a phenomenal writer.