I named this post after an essay Reyner Banham published in Architectural Critic in 1955. Banham’s essay, The New Brutalism, describes a new movement in architecture he calls ‘Brutalism’. If you’re not familiar with brutalism, it’s a “style of architecture characterized by emphasis on such structural materials as undressed concrete.” (Collins Dictionary)

Banham distinguishes brutalism in one of my favorite quotes of architectural critique by his characterization of the Hunstanton School in Norfolk. He contrasts the structure’s philosophy with that of the current state of modernist standards:

Admittedly, this emphasis on basic structure is important, even if it is not…


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