One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A style of architecture or art characterized by a deliberate plainness, crudity, or violence of imagery. The term was first applied to functionalist buildings of the 1950s and 1960s that made much use of steel and concrete in starkly massive blocks.
- ‘Its architecture was very much of its time; it was not seductive or inviting, but its brutalism was not so fierce as to prevent it becoming an object of local affection.’
- ‘They are hideous examples of concrete brutalism, dilapidated and badly-run and best demolished.’
- ‘There's a hard-edged brutalism in its new and rebuilt architecture, design and style; it's a city of the young - vibrant and raw.’
- ‘Various departments inhabit a ramshackle collection of buildings up and down Holloway Road, ranging through arts and crafts, neo-Georgian, brutalism and postmodernist junk.’
- ‘This bleak worldview was reflected in art, such as the Vienna Secessionists, divorced from tradition, and in the Bauhaus architecture ‘starting from zero’ which begot brutalism.’
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