A book about London's gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/11/a-book-about-londons-gorgeou.html


#2

Does it include Ronan Point?


#3

The cardstock they selected for the models is designed to give you extra paper cuts.


#4

I anticipate further books in the series addressing dainty architecture with brutal DIY papercraft models.


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It doesn’t look like it, nor does it include the rather nice Brunswick Centre. Particularly sad that the Brunswick Centre doesn’t get more love in books about Brutalism.


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IT’S BRUTAL-ist.”


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Do wish the circular building had been rotated for the photo so that the shadows from its HVAC units matched the ones cast by the units on the rectangular buildings…


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gorgeous

brutalist architecture

Pick one.

I live a few miles from this, uh, thing of beauty.

It was designed to be riot-proof, after a bunch of hippies burned our uni’s Old Main down.


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University buildings being “designed to be riot-proof” is one of the student myths that basically every university has- along with dorms that either were built from plans meant for a prison or had to have walls left unpainted because paint would make the rooms/corridors too small.


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Jonathan Meades argued that Brutalist architecture achieved greatness through being ‘sublime’ rather than ‘beautiful’. So maybe ‘awe-inspiring’ rather than ‘gorgeous’.

I can sort of see what he means in the Neviges Mariendom:

A couple of major Brutalist buildings have been demolished near where I live; mainly because they weren’t fit for purpose, sublime or not.


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The documentary/lecture by Jonathan Meade on Brutalism is wonderful. I grew up on an island covered with bunkers built by the Germans during the Second World War, and appreciate that he touches upon their design in terms of Brutalist architecture.


#12

It makes you wonder how they decided to build a load of brutalist blocks in London, doesn’t it:


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Right, but this building is weird. Pictures of stairways painted on walls, in stairwells that go nowhere. Doorways that are just in walls. The floorplan makes it look a lot simpler than it actually is.

I suppose you’re right, but one thing to note is that in this case, the building really was built because an older building was burned down during a riot.


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Yes, even if you don’t agree with his conclusions, it’s well worth seeing. His recent one on Mussolini’s architecture was good, too.


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Can’t believe I missed that one, thanks for pointing me at it!


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