Beautiful Brutalism

Some Brutalism by Gottfried Böhm, Bensberg town hall, 1962-1967

"The English architects Alison and Peter Smithson coined the term "Brutalism" in 1954, from the French béton brut, or "raw concrete", a phrase used by Le Corbusier to describe the poured board-marked concrete with which he constructed many of his post WWII buildings. The term gained wide currency when the British architectural critic Reyner Banham used it in the title of his 1966 book, The New Brutalism: Ethic or Aesthetic?, to characterize a by then established cluster of architectural approaches, particularly in Europe." (Wikipedia)

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