Coffee table book of photos of Brutalist architecture: This Brutal World

Peter Chadwick -- he runs the @brutalhouse stream of loving photos of imposing brutalist monuments -- has teamed up with Phaedon to publish a coffee-table book of the biggest, most uncompromising hulking monsters of the bygone age of concrete futurism: This Brutal World.

Chadwick’s love for concrete continued into adulthood. He says he has a habit of photographing buildings everywhere he goes, and used those pictures to initially populate the Brutalism Twitter feed. Over time, he included other photographs, and This Brutal World, the book, does too. Chadwick says the book is part an homage to Brutalism, and partly an effort to retool how people define it. For one, he says, Brutalism has long expanded beyond monolithic, power plant-like buildings. Many people now commission Brutalist-style homes. Architects ranging from Zaha Hadid, known for her geometric opulence, to Alejandro Aravena, who designs chiefly for low-income communities, employ principles of Brutalist architecture. For that reason, Chadwick’s book includes several contemporary buildings.

This Brutal World [Peter Chadwick/Phaedon]

Gorgeous New Book Preaches the Gospel of Brutalist Architecture [Margaret Rhodes/Wired]

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  1. A brutalist building wearing a pink necktie.

  2. "Sure, Brutalist is horrifying, but to really inspire feelings of unease and dread you can't go wrong with a Death Star!" ~ Gruto Bing, Star Wars architect.

  3. As someone sitting in a windowless office this very moment - surrounded by concrete on all sides - I can appreciate this. This college campus, like many others on the west coast are uninspired brutalist constructions that resemble highway overpasses.

    Picked up a copy so that my coworkers and I can revel around it in our cold, dark bunker.

  4. As a child of 70s Britain, Brutalism was the future, or at least it was on Doctor Who and Blake's Seven so I'll always have a soft spot for a large blocks of looming concrete, particularly if juxtaposed with features of the natural landscape.

    The deterioration concrete suffers from can be dealt with, the decline of the buildings from the 60s & 70s was down to the quality of the building and larger socio-economic factors, not the physical design or an insurmountable inherent fault of concrete itself - the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome is doing fine almost two millennia after it's construction after all.

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