‘This Brutal World’

Peter Chadwick


The rise of a renewed interest in Brutalism seventy years after its birth is reflected both in the growing defense of heritage ascribed to this architectural current – arising from the Modern Movement with Le Corbusier and the use of béton brut (raw concrete) –, as well as in the recovery of its compositional principles – the material as protagonist, lack of ornamentation, and the use of bold geometries and monumental scales – though not so much in the revision of its utopian background and its desire to transform society. The book This Brutal World accounts for this phenomenon, bringing together around 300 projects built since the early twentieth century in seventy different countries... [+]

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