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Brutalism. The Defense Continues.

June 25, 2012

In his Dialogue column in the June issue of Architect magazine, Editor-in-Chief Ned Cramer takes up the hot topic of our Brutalist heritage. Observing that the pendulum of popular taste is not swinging in Brutalism’s favor—at least not yet—Cramer asks “could a building—or a whole style—be so reprehensible, so repulsive, that it can never gain a fair place in the hearts and minds of men?” Are they just not old enough? Or is it the béton brut? With so many Brutalist buildings at risk right now these are points very much worth pondering.

Morris A. Mechanic Theater, John Johansen, 1967, Baltimore. photo: K. Randall