The Art of Brutalism

Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain

Author: Ben Highmore

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300222742

Category: Architecture and society

Page: 297

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While most famously associated with numerous mid-century architects, Brutalism was a style of visual art that was also adopted by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Taking into account Brutalist work by eminent artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as lesser-known practitioners like Nigel Henderson and Magda Cordell , this volume focuses on a ten-year period between 1952 and 1962 when artists refused a programmatic set of aesthetics and began experimenting with images that had no set focal point, using non-traditional materials like bombsite debris in their work, and producing objects that were characterized by wit and energy along with anxiety, trauma, and melancholia. This original study offers insights into how Brutalism enabled British artists of the mid-20th century to respond ethically and aesthetically to the challenges posed by the rise of consumer culture and unbridled technological progress.

Style: In Defence Of… Brutalism

Author: Dr Barnabas Calder

Publisher: Machine Books


Category: Architecture

Page: N.A

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This series is about style. Philosopher Georg Lukacs described the style of a piece of work as the attempt to reproduce one's view of the world within it. Looked at in this way, he says, style ceases to be a formalistic category but rather, “it is rooted in content; it is the specific form of a specific content.” After all, style is not technique, but ought to convey an intention. Sociologist Georg Simmel said that style is the aesthetic attempt to provide a “unifying encompassing context”. This series is about the content and context of style. Undoubtedly, it will irritate and enthuse but it is intended to be a fillip for our contemporary era in which style is often equated with fashion - where style can be dismissed in order to avoid dealing with its essence. Therefore these essays are not style over substance, but the very substance of style. The De Stijl manifesto of 1918 argued that the liberal arts should engage in a dialogue to create a new “wisdom of life”. The robustness of these essays suggests that such an ambition still resonates. Such an exchange can still appear vital and captivating. Each Style: In Defence Of… confronts us with new ideas for contemplation and critique. We hope that minds might be open to critically engage with each of these polemical bulletins. In so doing, we might reasonably formulate what we stand for.

Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech

Author: Todd Gannon

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606065300

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech reassesses one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham’s writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents. Taking as a guide Banham’s habit of structuring his writings around dialectical tensions, Todd Gannon sheds new light on Banham’s early engagement with the New Brutalism of Alison and Peter Smithson, his measured enthusiasm for the “clip-on” approach developed by Cedric Price and the Archigram group, his advocacy of “well-tempered environments” fostered by integrated mechanical and electrical systems, and his late-career assessments of High Tech practitioners such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Renzo Piano. Gannon devotes significant attention to Banham’s late work, including fresh archival materials related to Making Architecture: The Paradoxes of High Tech, the manuscript he left unfinished at his death in 1988. For the first time, readers will have access to Banham’s previously unpublished draft introduction to that book.

As Found

The Discovery of the Ordinary ; [British Architecture and Art of the 1950s ; Parallel of Life and Art, New Brutalism, Independent Group, Free Cinema, Angry Young Men, Kitchen Sink]

Author: Claude Lichtenstein,Thomas Schregenberger

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783907078433

Category: Architecture

Page: 319

View: 391


British art and architecture of the 1950s are little known but extraordinarily topical today. Of particular relevance are the activities of the Independent Group, a loosely structured organization whose members included artists Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Magda Cordell, photographer Nigel Henderson, critics Reyner Banham and Lawrence Alloway, and architects Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling, and Colin St. John Wilson, who sought the essence of the everyday through a sensitivity to the hardships and charm of life in the raw. As Found encounters the transdisciplinary relationship between the constructed environment as it is visually perceived and verbally expressed.

Raw Concrete

The Beauty of Brutalism

Author: Barnabas Calder

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448151295

Category: Architecture

Page: 416

View: 7362


SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALICE DAVIS HITCHCOCK AWARD 'Brilliant' Elain Harwood 'Part history, part aesthetic autobiography, wholly engaging and liable to convince those procrastinators sitting (uncomfortably) on the concrete fence' Jonathan Meades 'A learned and passionate book' Simon Bradley, author of The Railways ‘A compelling and evocative read, meticulously researched, and filled with insight and passion’ Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts The raw concrete buildings of the 1960s constitute the greatest flowering of architecture the world has ever seen. The biggest construction boom in history promoted unprecedented technological innovation and an explosion of competitive creativity amongst architects, engineers and concrete-workers. The Brutalist style was the result. Today, after several decades in the shadows, attitudes towards Brutalism are slowly changing, but it is a movement that is still overlooked, and grossly underrated. Raw Concrete overturns the perception of Brutalist buildings as the penny-pinching, utilitarian products of dutiful social concern. Instead it looks a little closer, uncovering the luxuriously skilled craft and daring engineering with which the best buildings of the 1960s came into being: magnificent architectural visions serving clients rich and poor, radical and conservative. Beginning in a tiny hermitage on the remote north Scottish coast, and ending up backstage at the National Theatre, Raw Concrete embarks on a wide-ranging journey through Britain over the past sixty years, stopping to examine how eight extraordinary buildings were made – from commission to construction – why they have been so vilified, and why they are beginning to be loved. In it, Barnabas Calder puts forward a powerful case: Brutalism is the best architecture there has ever been, and perhaps the best there ever will be.


Post-War British Architecture, Second Edition

Author: Alexander Clement

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 1785004247

Category: Architecture

Page: 176

View: 7516


The term 'Brutalism' is used to describe a form of architecture that appeared, mainly in Europe, from around 1945-75. Uncomprimisingly modern, this trend in architecture was both striking and arresting and, perhaps like no other style before or since, aroused extremes of emotion and debate. Some regarded Brutalist buildings as monstrous soulless structures of concrete, steel and glass, whereas others saw the genre as a logical progression, having its own grace and balance. In this revised second edition, Alexander Clement continues the debate of Brutalism in post-war Britain to the modern day, studying a number of key buildings and developments in the fields of civic, educational, commercial, leisure, private and ecclesiastical architecture. With new and improved illustrations, fresh case studies and profiles of the most influential architects, this new edition affords greater attention to iconic buildings and structures. Now that the age of Brutalism is a generation behind us, it is possible to view the movement with a degree of rational reappraisal, study how the style evolved and gauge its effect on Britain's urban landscape. This book will be of interest to architecture students, design students and anyone interested in post-war architecture. Fully illustrated with 160 colour and 4 black & white photographs.

Reyner Banham

Historian of the Immediate Future

Author: Nigel Whiteley

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262731652

Category: Architecture

Page: 494

View: 520


An intellectual biography of the cultural critic Reyner Banham.

The Art of Brazil

Author: Carlos Alberto Cerqueira Lemos,José Roberto Teixeira Leite,Pedro Manuel Gismonti

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Category: Art

Page: 318

View: 6393


"Marcel Breuer: Bauhaus Tradition, Brutalist Invention"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 74, no. 1 (Summer, 2015)

Author: Barry Bergdoll,John H. Beyer

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588396118

Category: Architecture

Page: 48

View: 621


Following the opening of The Met Breuer, this fascinating Bulletin contextualizes the architectural masterpiece now dedicated to displaying The Met’s collection of modern and contemporary art. Designed by one of the twentieth century’s most visionary architects, the Breuer building is a Brutalist icon and a work of art in its own right, known for its monumentality and stark purity of materials. Providing not just a history of the building commission, but also charting the artistic journey of Marcel Breuer from Bauhaus-educated furniture designer to world-renowned architect, this informative publication both records and contributes to the rich history surrounding Breuer and his landmark museum.

Franz Riepl baut auf dem Land

Eine Ästhetik des Selbstverständlichen

Author: Hans Kolb,Albert Kirchengast

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035615640

Category: Architecture

Page: 112

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Die Architektur des in München und Linz arbeitenden Architekten Franz Riepl steht für Zurückhaltung im Entwurf und für Empfindsamkeit im Detail. Die Stimmigkeit, die seine Architektur im Alltag erreicht, basiert auf der Kenntnis von Vorbildlichem. So findet seine Baukunst zu verständlicher Form. Sie entwickelt mit den Jahren Patina, die sinnlich erfahrbare Atmosphäre verbreitet. Dieser seltenen Qualität spürt das Buch nach: in einem Interview, in dem Riepl über Räume und Möbel spricht; mit einem Fotoessay über 6 Projekte: ein Vierkanthof, eine Wohnung, ein Wohnhaus, ein Fleischerei-Geschäft sowie zwei Gasthäuser. Diese Bilder werden durch Pläne und Zeichnungen ergänzt. Ein Essay untersucht Riepls Umgang mit der Patina und mit der Nutzung neuerer Bauten.

Portrait of the Artist's Wife

Author: Barbara Anderson

Publisher: Victoria University Press

ISBN: 0864737149

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

View: 9410


Victoria University Press is enormously proud to publish a new edition of one of New Zealand?s favourite novels, published to critical acclaim here and in the UK and US, and winner of the Wattie Award in 1992. ?The promise that was evident in Girls High has been splendidly fulfilled, and now it seems only a matter of time before Wellington replaces New York as the literary capital of the world.? ?Nick Hornby, Sunday Times 'She really is world class ? her writing's like a richly detailed painting, she gets the details just right.' ?Sharon Crosbie Evening Post 'It is a testament to Anderson's style and skill as a writer that these places and decades are brought to the page with such energy, yet also with such a finely judged mix of humour and sympathy.' ?Caroline Wilder Sunday Star 'This is a moving, universal novel, a pleasure to read.' ?Sophy Kershaw Time Out 'Barbara Anderson's novel is a rarity; an unadulterated, unpretentious, enjoyable read.' ?Julie Morrice Glasgow Herald 'It is an enormously entertaining book with perceptions so true they leave you glowing in startled recognition.'?Patricia Thwaites Otago Daily Times ?A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail ? and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken.? ?Dirk Bogarde

Remaking London

Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture

Author: Ben Campkin

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857734164

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 7233


Contemporary urban regeneration seeks to encourage diverse, creative new neighbourhoods that are rich in economic potential. Yet the end result frequently displaces precisely those qualities, activities and communities it claims to engender. Are people best served by a preoccupation with regeneration as economic growth? In The Regeneration Game Ben Campkin provides a lucid and wide-ranging critique of contemporary regeneration. Focusing on present-day regeneration areas in London that are key to the capital’s modern identity, including the site of the 2012 Olympics, the result is both a compelling account of contested sites within the capital’s recent history and a powerful critique of modern methods of urban regeneration.

Illuminati Hunter

Adam Weishaupt and the Eye of Horus

Author: Sebastian P. Drechsler

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 178222355X

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

View: 7643


If the incredible story in this one hundred year old book is true then it will change the way you think about the world forever. Ride with Sebastian Drechsler, flawed freshman student of 1784’s Ingolstadt University, as he gallops through this rollicking conspiracy adventure. Under the watchful eye of Professor Van Halestrom he is trained to do battle with the infamous Bavarian Illuminati which schemes to take over the world using the debt of revolution and war to enslave mankind under the yoke of the Luciferian doctrine plunging civilisation into oblivion and eternal darkness. 'With its footnotes, which turn into fascinating hypertext links on the e-book versions, historical intrigue, breathless excitement and a reluctant but hilariously sarcastic hero make Illuminati Hunter like Flashman on Crystal meth.' Ethan Harrison Republisher.

Camera Constructs

Photography, Architecture and the Modern City

Author: Mr Andrew Higgott,Mr Timothy Wray

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472445384

Category: Architecture

Page: 384

View: 447


Camera Constructs reflects critically on the varied interactions of the different practices by which photographers, artists, architects, theorists and historians engage with the relationship of the camera to architecture, the city and the evolution of Modernism. Including twenty-three essays by a wide range of historians and theorists this book provides a rich and highly original analysis of the relationship of photography to built form from the early modern period to the present day.

A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture


Author: Asst Prof David Rifkind,Dr Elie G Haddad

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472429397

Category: Architecture

Page: 530

View: 4185


This book provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the developments in architecture from 1960 to 2010. The first section provides a presentation of major movements in architecture after 1960, and the second, a geographic survey that covers a wide range of territories around the world. This book not only reflects the different perspectives of its various authors, but also charts a middle course between the 'aesthetic' histories that examine architecture solely in terms of its formal aspects, and the more 'ideological' histories that subject it to a critique that often skirts the discussion of its formal aspects.