- Oct 10, 2009
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I like Brutalism because it makes a city look like an urban dungeon. Boston needs more skyscrapers like the Ryugyong Hotel.
Your admiration of working concrete into huge monolithic forms can be appreciated to some degree. It's a free country. i can picture these brutalist sand castles being imposed on Central Siberia.... or Bishkek or Khabarovsk (on the far reaches). But it doesn't work well in a lovely, historical city like Boston. i'm not even sure Milwaukee would have benefited from this garbage.^ I appreciate the rigorousness of Rudolph's work, and recognize that the austerity (or gravitas) present in much of his large-scale work seems oppressive by contemporary standards.....
So, I won't waste anyone's time with a discussion of aesthetics - let's toss it aside.There's no utility to these aged out projects. We simply don't have the land. We eschew density nearly everywhere, and we've reached that point of a crushing need for space where institutions and people will have to come together to 'make it all work,' and it would be best for all if we just move on.
Agreed. All irredeemably inhuman and horrible. The kind of garbage their creator gets a pat on the back about and then never has to look at again.Virtually every building in the above photos represents a depiction of a severe psychotic episode or a very bad acid trip. They almost make me physically sick. Sorry, but my opinion.