Redefining Brutalism

Author(s): Simon Henley

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People associate the term Brutalism with concrete and, in the UK, with the Welfare State - just one thin slice of the Brutalist canon. Brutalism is not a style. It reveals enduring architectural ideas and interests that have emerged at different times and in different places, prompted by social and political ideals and technological conditions. Examining brutalism through the lens of twelve distinct, occasionally competing, definitions, this book explores brutalism as a living and evolving entity. Redefining Brutalism offering insight into how these buildings were designed and constructed, their underlying social contexts, and how brutalism triggered various other movements such as Hi-tech and postmodernism. This book is a lens through which to see the present as much as the past.


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Simon Henley is an established architect, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Academy of Urbanism Academician. He is a co-founder of multiple award-winning practice HHbR, has been shortlisted for the Corus Young Architect of the Year in and, in 2005, exhibited in the 40Under40 UK Architects exhibition at the V&A.

Prologue 1. Brutalism is not a Corpse 2. Ethic or Aesthetic? 3. Muck or Ore? 4. Concrete 5. A Second Arts & Crafts Movement 6. Brickalism 7. The Social Question / Architecture or Revolution 8. An Innocent State 9. Precast 10. Bombproof Brutalism 11. The Brutalist City 12. Adaptation and neo-Brutalism Conclusion: Construction Per Se

General Fields

  • : 9781859465776
  • : RIBA Publishing
  • : RIBA Publishing
  • : June 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Henley
  • : Paperback
  • : 224