Poetics’ is one of the few literary works that is required reading for architects. It provides a deep understanding of psychological sanctuary and recalls the spatial imagination of childhood. Having read it, you will never look at ordinary spaces as.. ordinary again.
The need for psychological sanctuary is core to the growing Minimalist Movement – the desire to declutter, downsize, and de-stress our lives. For these new ascetics… small is beautiful, and small homes have become ‘the guardian of their identity” (De Botton).