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School Days

I was delighted to see you take up cudgels for Evans and Shalev’s Newport High School (AJ 10.01.08), which I visited when it was first completed, and which I think is one of the best buildings (of any category) the UK has to show from that period.To call it ‘Brutalist’ merely because the walls are in exposed concrete seems to miss the point: the concrete is precast and highly finished. Brutalist has the implication that the building seeks to affront, grating on the viewer by displaying ...

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