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  •  An option for "hate concrete?" (10+ / 0-)

    The design is really cool, and the human failure in the face of natural sites and time is a pleasant bit of chaos we should embrace, but I went to college on a campus that was dotted with Portman and brutalist buildings.

    While the Bauhaus celebrated the worker through the medium, it also laid bare its medium in the most efficient and utilitarian fashion. That somehow got twisted. The brutalist era had bare concrete poured without clear purpose, and the medium was shoved in the worker's face and against his hands. Where a Bauhauser would have called the textile shop to show the quality of cloth to cover, these people denied workers work to celebrate the bubbled gray.

    Anyway, ever since college and the experience of working in buildings made by concrete fanatics, I've been unable to forgive the use of exposed concrete even in a facade. I should probably get therapy.

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 04:43:47 AM PDT

    •  one particular niche of (4+ / 0-)
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      modernism and brutalism that I've grown increasingly interested in is church architecture.  there must've been a spate of church building that coincided with those movements, cuz there are gazillions of really interesting modernist and brutalist churches sitting the landscape.  I've got mixed feelings about modernism for government and office buildings, but its always seemed to work pretty well for regular churches.

      •  The reason is obvious... (0+ / 0-)

        most of us can't wait to get the hell out of church anyways!  >-)

        But really, and more seriously, the raw concrete is quite appropriate to the aescetic aspirations of a religious expereince.  A place of worship doesn't have to be comfortable, in fact it probably works better if it's not.  Regardless, we practice faith as a way to get in touch with our souls, and find ultimate truths.  This is precisely the same goal that good architecture should aspire to. Brutalism is a perfect fit then for a church.

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