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Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?

Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?
Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?, UMass Dartmouth Library, by Paul Rudolph. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth Library, by Paul Rudolph. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth

In this fascinating article on the Slate design blog, J Bryan Lowder takes on a commonly held myth: that brutalist buildings on college campuses were designed to prevent student riots. From the egalitarian design ethos of brutalism to the fact that many of these buildings were around before the widespread student uprisings of the late 1960s, he finds no support for the theory - however he does end with a possible reason why these buildings are now regarded with such suspicion. You can read the full article here.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Were Brutalist Campus Buildings Designed to Suppress Student Protests?" 04 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/443620/were-brutalist-campus-buildings-designed-to-suppress-student-protests/> ISSN 0719-8884

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