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Brutalism: The Savage & The Sublime

‘Architects are artists in that they have to reflect the nature of the society they find themselves in’

‘They’re not, they’re reflecting their personal response to concrete…’

What does Brutalism say about a community? Is concrete a ‘friendly’ material? Why does Brutalism continue to divide opinion for feverently… And where does the Barbican fit into this debate?

Using Jonathan Meades’ film, Bunkers, Brutalism And Bloodymindenness as a springboard for their discussion, Sir Simon Jenkins, Douglas Murphy, Piers Gough and Meades himself debate the aesthetics and morality of concrete.
‘Brutalism: The Savage and The Sublime’ took place as part of Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age on Thursday 6 November 2014.

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