Ode to Brutalism

Scott

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I saw an exceptional futurist film with brutalist architecture arguably the most pivotal player in the story.
I think contemporary styles begin to reflect people's insecurities about the future and maybe that's partly why they start to lose favor. Movies like Metropolis showed a future dystopia in art deco and 50 years later films like Logan's Run, A Clockwork Orange, and that sequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise showed dystopia in Brutalism.
 

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I think contemporary styles begin to reflect people's insecurities about the future and maybe that's partly why they start to lose favor. Movies like Metropolis showed a future dystopia in art deco and 50 years later films like Logan's Run, A Clockwork Orange, and that sequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise showed dystopia in Brutalism.
I agree, but also in the case of Brutalism, it's fortified bunker style was popular at the height of the cold war - the Cuban missile crisis in the early 60s. I don't think it's a coincidence that buildings which gave the appearance of being bomb resistant would be built during that era. I was a kid and young teen during that time and remember the general feeling of paranoia in society.
 

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I've always liked Paul Rudolph's work. UMass Dartmouth is where I went to undergraduate school. I was there when the campus was only a couple of years old, and loved the feeling there, in large part due to the architecture and layout of the buildings.

From the article you linked, this one (Biggs residence), I am crazy for beyond words. For me it epitomized the understated progressive feeling of mid-century America; intelligence, optimism and advancement into a brighter future. A shame it was demolished::


The following one also from the article. So much of the faux brick panel flimsiness put up today, such as Belmont High School, should have been designed more like this:
 

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They're straight out of a dystopian sci-fi film when it's raining often - the wind and mist from the ocean really play a role there. It looks quite bleak but there's something comforting about them.
 

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Are these high-rises on Revere Beach brutalist? I would say so but I'm no expert--at any rate, I think they look pretty cool (though a bit run down).

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These look pretty good, as does Brutalism in general, compared to a lot of the flimsy stuff being put out now. At least Brutalism had a solid and substantial look to it.
 

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Is this high-rise in Coolidge Corner brutalist?

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I don't know if "Soviet" is considered an architectural genre, but I would classify the apartment building as such, rather than Brutalism. It does look a lot like the Soviet apartment blocks I've seen on line.
 

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Here's a helpful video which sidesteps the question of whether everything from the 60s/70s that is made with bare concrete is "brutalism"
 

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Moderator ponders aloud: should these old, useful, less-active threads be merged into this one:
Landmarking Brutalism
A Brief, Wondrous History of Brutalism (FTAO: Beton Brut)
 

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Is this the change you wish to see on the web?

I'd actually argue against it. The way this site works, if you are looking for topics on Brutalism then having a couple threads to read through is easier than one long one.
 

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