|Overview: Brutalist Architecture|
|Definition||A style of architecture characterized by imposing fortress-like forms and raw concrete.|
|Related Concepts||Form Follows FunctionHigh ModernismMetabolist Architecture|
What is Brutalist Architecture?
John Spacey, updated on July 07, 2016
Brutalist architecture was a movement of modern architecture characterized by stark fortress-like forms in raw concrete. It was popular worldwide from the 1950s-1970s and is seen as a reaction to the decorative forms that thrived before WWII. Brutalist is a disparaging term and it was rare for architects to use it to describe their own work. Many Brutalist buildings are public or academic buildings. The movement had appeal to academics such as modern minimalists as raw concrete is highly functional and undecorative. As the world filled up with concrete infrastructure such as highways in the 1970s, the public turned on brutalist buildings as being utterly unappealing.
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