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Brutalism: Architectural Movement, or Steamroller of Souls?

It might look majestic on a monument to Stalin but it makes a trip to a government agency a real bummer

An exterior view of a stark landscape with a low-slung brutalist structure in the background
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SSome of you like Brutalism. Maybe you’re struggling with misplaced Cold War nostalgia or suffering from a misguided admiration for the naked hostility of thickly-poured concrete walls—the kind…




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Michael McWatters

Michael McWatters

Director, Product Design at HBO Max, formerly TED. Skeptical humanist, earnest to a fault. Better after a nap. More:

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