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  • adj. A style of modernist architecture characterized by the use of board-marked concrete
  • n. An architect who used this style


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  • While the term Brutalist is derived from béton brut - French for raw concrete - the interesting thing about 222 Jarvis is that it uses a combination of materials.

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  • Davies and Kynaston also share villains: the urban planners and bureaucrats who, blinded by a grandiose technocratic ideology, refused to heed what one of them dismissed as “the inarticulate yearnings of the average working-class housewife” and so razed century-old slums, tore apart neighborhoods, and moved their occupants out of the city centers to stack them up in Brutalist tower blocks.

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  • The house is concrete and glass, an example of what is called Brutalist architecture.

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  •  Frankly, I find the "Brutalist" style of my cell — the plastic bench and exposed toilet-a bit tiresome after three years, two months and twenty-four days.

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  • He likened the designs to "Brutalist" developments and confessed that his "heart sank" when he saw them. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Featuring original drawings and photographic documentation, the show emphasizes five projects, from a 1983 Hamptons home built for a member of Houston's de Menil clan to the 2008 renovation and extension of the 1960s Brutalist building housing Yale's own architecture school.

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  • This gallery is housed in a stunning building designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, a Brutalist architect and the only Brazilian apart from Oscar Niemeyer to have won the Pritzker Prize.

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  • The region's main city, Königsberg, was given the Carthage treatment by the Soviets after World War II—it was razed to the ground, renamed Kaliningrad and rebuilt in "Soviet Brutalist style" as a naval no-go area.

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  • The whole aesthetic is like Brutalist Fashion design.

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  • The Quantum Nano building will be the biggest addition, shiny reflective glass next to the 60's-era ugly brick Brutalist Math and Computer building, once upon a time the most exciting thing happening on campus.

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