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Global Platform Aims to Save Brutalist Buildings

Monday, February 5, 2018

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A platform created to save Brutalist buildings recently released a new survey in tandem with an exhibition with the hope of bringing attention to the cause.

#SOSBrutalism “is a platform for a large campaign to save our beloved concrete monsters. The buildings in the database marked red are in particular jeopardy,” according to the organization’s website.

The platform recently completed and released what it calls the first-ever global survey of Brutalist architecture from the 1950s to ’70s, and released the findings in November 2017.

The book entitled, “SOS Brutalism — A Global Survey,” highlights 120 buildings in 12 regions around the world. It also includes case studies and essays.

“This book calls for a rediscovery of Brutalism: as a regionally embedded, oppositional, heroically artistic architecture, that celebrates both the performing craftsman and the architect, both of whom have time and again succeeded in wresting a unique work from the prevailing circumstances,” writes Oliver Elser, a historian and curator, in the book’s intro.

The corresponding exhibition is ongoing at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), in Germany, and will be there through April 2.

“At the DAM, Brutalism is re-examined with unusually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures that were built by the Kaiserslautern Technical University for SOS Brutalism,” noted the museum. “The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism.”

For those who can’t make their way to Germany, the exhibition is using the hashtags #Betonperle and #FFM on social media.


Tagged categories: concrete; Historic Preservation

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