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Minister blasts ‘descendants of Brutalism’ and pledges to rebuild Euston Arch


He's not blasting Modernism per say, Modernism refers to a multitude of styles the have sprouted as early as the turn of the 20th Century. He has a gripe with Brutalism, and I agree with him. Brutalism is a particular style of Modernism where Form Follows Function is enacted and whatever consequential form resulted, it was accepted by the instigator. The visible concrete finish is then treated in such manner rendering it robust to the elements where stains, cracks and pollution reinforce the brutal character. It really was a celebration of the consequential, ugly as it may be, and far removed from Mies's carefully and Classically arranged Modern facades. This discussion, you see, is not an assault on Modernism, as many of the honourable Transport Minister's praised structures are Modern, but this is a reaction against Brutalism.

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5 November, 2016

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