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"Last month American artist Doug Aitken brought his multi-disciplinary exhibition, Station to Station, to London’s Barbican Centre, calling on the talent of 100 artists to take part in his ‘living’ artwork."
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Please note: There is an architectural component :)
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"The vast chamber inside this abandoned cooling tower looks like something out of a sci-fi dystopia"
The vast chamber inside this abandoned cooling tower looks like something out of a sci-fi dystopia
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Fantastic book! So sad, I missed the exhibition.
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Fantastic book! So sad, I missed the exhibition.

#brutalism #africa #brutalismus #brutalist_architecture
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Ein Buch über ambitionierte Bauvorhaben der 60er und 70er Jahre auf dem arfikanischen Kontinent.
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Brutalist Mattress. 

Spotted in the wild in Japan.
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"Prior to the invention of radar in the 1930s, a system of concrete acoustic mirrors was set up around the coast of the United Kingdom as an early form of surveillance. These “Listening Ears” were constructed in response to ruinous German zeppelin raids during World War I. Due to neglect and obsolescence, most were demolished. One of England’s six preserved World War I mirrors was just restored in a $100,000 project completed last month."
Prior to the invention of radar in the 1930s, a system of concrete acoustic mirrors was set up around the coast of the United Kingdom as an early form of surveillance.
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An exhibition uncovering the intricacies of the NT’s architecture.
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Have to go to this!
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When the Barbican was first conceived in the 1960s, it was a utopian ideal for inner city-living.
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© Marcelo Cáceres A. Architects: Juan Pavez Aguilar, José Requesens Aldea Location: Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile Design Office:
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"A Brutalist building is easy to spot but often hard to embrace. An offshoot of postwar modernism and a socialist desire for more uniform, functional urban planning, these brooding bunkerlike structures often cast an impenetrable shadow on the landscape, seemingly at odds with the well-meaning ideologies. But a recent restoration of the former St. Agnes church and community center, a construction of massive concrete building blocks in the onetime working-class but increasingly hip Kreuzberg area of Berlin, has made Brutalism easier to love."
A Berlin church is transformed into a spectacular gallery space
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""The challenge of reconstructing elements of now-forgotten Brutalist play structures within the RIBA gallery is an exciting opportunity for us to explore contemporary issues surrounding play, by looking at the often surreal objects from the past," said a statement from Assemble."
Assemble has revealed plans to fill a gallery in the headquarters of Royal Institute of British Architects with a spongy Brutalist-inspired landscape
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This Community is all about Brutalist Architecture and Concrete Structures. The term "Brutalism" derived from the french term "béton brut" which means nothing else than decorative concrete. This architectural style emerged in the early 1950s and had its height in the 60s and 70s. Please no advertising! Will be deleted immediately. At *Discussion* you can post photographs of Concrete structures of these style. Please post mainly your own photographs. At *Weblinks* you can post every link that is connected to Brutalist Architecture. At *Events* I post actual events like exhibitions about brutalism.

Al Clark

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"For his “Brutalist” series, photographer Ty Cole shot many distinctive buildings in the U.S. and in London. His photographs highlight the beauty in the austere shapes and concrete. We spoke to Ty about this project, the history of brutalism, and the buildings that fascinate him most."
Brutalism is one of the more controversial architectural styles of the 20th century. Named from the French word for rough concrete, béton brut, the blocky,...
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Former luxury hotel #Haludovo in Malinska in silent destruction.

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Sagenumwoben, geheimnisvoll, verlassen und zerfallen HALUDOVO in Malinska Einst erbaut von Bob Guccione, Gründer des Penthouse-Magazins für 45 Millionen US-$ im Jahre 1972. Dieser damalige Prachtba...
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Cj Junior

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Museu da Arte Moderna - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
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Built by Boa Arquitetura in , Brazil with date 2015. Images by Marcelo Donadussi. The HLM House emerges from a client's request to build a retreat on a natural area in the outskirts of the city of Sa...
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A "walking seminar" I plan on attending Sunday:

It has been said that brutalist architecture is “unloved but not unlovely”. Beyond the monolithic, opaque, concrete façades are buildings filled with drama, mystery, and strong civic focus. In the post­war building boom and leading up to the Centennial, grand and heroic ideals of civic welfare and cultural identity were translated into a new vision for Ottawa. The abstract, technically efficient, and impersonal nature of modernism was too closely tied to war. The strong character of brutalist architecture embodied renewed hope, stability, and humanity. Ironically, today we tend to misread these buildings as imposing and inhuman “eyesores”. Understanding the values and ideals behind these plans and buildings helps us to question what went wrong when they became built realities instead of utopian ideals. Is brutalism more than an architectural style? How does architectural style intersect with architectural intentions? Does architecture have to be beautiful? How do architectural trends rise and fall?
 
The tour will explore these questions and debates through a variety of examples of brutalist projects throughout the downtown core—major and minor, town and crown, public and private, built and unbuilt. The tour includes institutional civic projects (National Arts Centre, Central Library, Library and Archives), the growing federal civil service (DND, Portage, Chaudière), commercial and corporate development, and major urban plans for renewal, infrastructure and beautification(Confederation Boulevard, Rideau Canal, NCC Parkways).
It has been said that brutalist architecture is “unloved but not unlovely”. Beyond the monolithic, opaque, concrete façades are buildings filled with ...
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Al Clark

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Architect Paul Rudolph had an ambitious plan for Buffalo's waterfront, but it was only ever partly realized. Today, proof of it is beginning to disappear.
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Africa’s tallest residential building was once a playground for South Africa’s white elite as well as a drug den. Now, it’s a melting pot of migrants from other parts of the continent
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Some great photographs in this look at brutalist playgrounds in relation to the new RIBA installation by artist Simon Terrill 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jun/09/britains-brutalist-playgrounds-in-pictures    
We’re familiar with the sight of brutalist towers in Britain, but less well known are the strange playgrounds built at the same time, with their rough surfaces and dangerous drops – now re-created at the RIBA
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Esculturas abstractas en cemento blanco directo, ferrocemento, de 2, 60 metros de altura aproximado.  1 m3 de base en hormigon. Azul, Argentina.  Balneario de Tapalque 2014/15.
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