The Architecture of Happiness | Remembering Ourselves
One of the primary reasons we, as a society, choose to build is in order to remember. Early religious groups built early cathedrals or mosques meant to call upon the reverence and wonder of God; Memorials commemorating lost loved ones date back to nearly the beginning of the human race. Alain de Botton surmises in The Architecture of Happiness that this power of remembrance can be extrapolated to even our own homes, to help us recall who we truly are. He writes,
"... at its most genuine, the architectural impulse seems connected to a longing for communication and commemoration, a longing to declare ourselves to the world through a register other than words, through the language of objects, colours and bricks: an ambition to let others know who we are-and, in the process, to remind ourselves."