Weekly Architecture Fix, Vol. 10 | Brutalism
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We hope you’re continuing to stay safe and healthy as our city and state begins to reopen.
We’re dedicating this week’s feature to Brutalism, a variant of Modernism, and a style that tends to evoke either a feeling of love or a feeling of hate. Either way, this style, taking its name from the French term béton brut – raw concrete – is an important part of architectural history. We hope you enjoy learning more about this oft misunderstood approach to architecture.
Denver Architecture Foundation Resources:
- A podcast about eminent domain, displacement and the Swansea Neighborhood.
- Another lesson for your kids about learning to draw a plan, a section and an elevation, but this time with their favorite fruit or vegetable.
- Audio Tours teaser: A quick read on the architecture of the Clyfford Still Museum.
- Ongoing: Take in the stunning photographs from our 2019 Y/OUR Denver Photo Exhibit, in partnership with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Read the accompanying Denver Post article by Ray Rinaldi – “One of Denver’s best photo exhibitions right now is totally free — and you can see it in your PJs” and share/discuss with friends and family!
Feature: Brutalism – Resources from the world wide web
“Architecture is the masterly, correct, and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light: light and shade reveal these forms.” – Le Corbusier
- Jonathan Meades’ Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry – Part 1 and Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry – Part 2
- BARBICAN | Urban Poetry short film
- A short and sweet BBC clip about This Brutal World, Peter Chadwick’s visual love letter to Brutalism
- The Case for Brutalist Architecture
- “Why Brutalist architecture is sending out an SOS”
- Concretopia and more films/videos about Paul Rudolph and his buildings
- Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism by Barnabas Calder
- Concrete Concept: Brutalist Buildings Around the World by Christopher Beanland
- The Architecture of Paul Rudolph by Timothy M. Rohan
- Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier by Flora Samuel and Inge Linder-Gaillard
- Read all of Dezeen‘s articles on Brutalism
- Explore Colorado oral histories compliments of our friends at History Colorado.
- Explore Denver’s public art collection compliments of our friends at Denver Arts & Venues.
Image curtesy of the Clyfford Still Museum