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Brutalism: Back in Vogue?

Brutalism: Back in Vogue?
Brutalism: Back in Vogue?, The Barbican in London. Image © Flickr CC User Rene Passet
The Barbican in London. Image © Flickr CC User Rene Passet

Are Brutalist buildings, once deemed cruel and ugly, making a comeback? Reyner Banham's witty play on the French term for raw concrete, beton brut, was popularized by a movement of hip, young architects counteracting what they perceived as the bourgeois and fanciful Modernism of the 1930s. Though the use of raw concrete in the hands of such artist-architects as Le Corbusier seems beautiful beneath the lush Mediterranean sun, under the overcast skies of northern Europe Brutalist architecture earned a much less flattering reputation. Since the 1990s, however, architects, designers, and artists have celebrated formerly denounced buildings, developing a fashionably artistic following around buildings like Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower, "even if long-term residents held far more ambivalent views of this forceful high-rise housing block." To learn more about this controversial history and to read Jonathan Glancey's speculation for its future, read the full article on BBC, here.

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Cite: Sadia Quddus. "Brutalism: Back in Vogue?" 06 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/545416/brutalism-back-in-vogue/> ISSN 0719-8884
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