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Started by SlasherBindman on Nov 25, 2011 9:34:37 PM
Architectural Brutalism: is it time for a revival?

Derived from the French term “betón brut,” meaning “raw concrete,” the brutalist style is characterised by bold geometries, the exposure of structural materials, and functional spatial design, and was also an expression of social progressivism.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/38635

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mingmong - 25 Nov 2011 22:10:00 (#1 of 777)

yes!

The 20th century - the Age of Audacity

http://traveltounitedkingdom.net/images/southbank_
royal_national_theatre.jpg


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5347300310_61d
41f34eb.jpg


http://www.presidentsmedals.com/showcase/2008/l/11
76_26134332671.jpg

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blacksunday - 25 Nov 2011 22:14:10 (#3 of 777)

I agree with garrick. Shit, the lot of 'em.

hailesaladdie - 25 Nov 2011 22:18:07 (#4 of 777)

Brutalism is awful, and the social engineering that often went with it can fuck right off, too.

That said, I wish there was more to modern architecture in the UK than:

a) brick and wood houses with fuck all insulation

b) funny-shaped steel and glass towers

c) painfully functional metal sheds

mingmong - 25 Nov 2011 22:29:28 (#5 of 777)

It has landed!

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/Corbu/savoy
e1.jpg




http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/Corbu/savoy
e4.jpg

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hailesaladdie - 25 Nov 2011 23:05:24 (#8 of 777)

And here we have the Place Alphonse Fiquet, Amiens. I used to have to catch the bus from here to school every morning.

http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/actualites/cele
brations2004/img/perret2.jpg


They've recently improved it by putting up a structure that helps you avoid looking at the buildings.

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hailesaladdie - 25 Nov 2011 23:23:40 (#10 of 777)

Perhaps. It doesn't show the dull brown of the concrete, the exposed-metal concrete fences around the station, the menacing dark alleys, or the dusty, windswept station square, a mess of potholed roads and badly thought out car parks.

It felt not dissimilar to the area around Warsaw Central station.

FleurDuMal - 26 Nov 2011 08:34:41 (#11 of 777)

The University of Leeds has some outstanding examples:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1236/649683693_d4f9
e42a09.jpg

stemwinder - 26 Nov 2011 08:58:46 (#12 of 777)

Raw concrete is so ugly that it weeps.

For modern housing, I think Huf get it right:

http://www.huf-haus.com/uploads/tx_templavoila/H_ART5_blck_05_006
_ross_01.jpg

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Nov 2011 09:01:54 (#13 of 777)

The Good:

Queensgate Market, Huddersfield: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theweddingoftheyear/5
992994119/in/set-72157627321272508/lightbox/


On the whole, though, I agree with Garrick.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Nov 2011 09:03:00 (#14 of 777)

\11 - there are few places quite as eerie as Leeds Uni in the fog. I love it.

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boyinabasement - 26 Nov 2011 09:52:49 (#18 of 777)

Horrible, Horrible , Horrible. Never again.

mingmong - 26 Nov 2011 09:57:00 (#19 of 777)

oh yes.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_0xqxQG0BOSA/TE1VNrFX5iI/
AAAAAAAAACk/wFTuMoqrlw8/s1600/beautiful+modern+home
s+and+contemporary+architecture.jpg

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