Brutalism without borders: 20 buildings around the world

Ray Eames used to say that things that work are better than things that are beautiful because things that work remain beautiful. And it seems that, albeit in a different cultural context, it is this conviction that has given rise to Brutalism, an architectural movement that spread through Europe and then around the world since the 1950s onwards, at a time of disorientation and transition when Mankind, wounded by war, was rising up to refound the culture of building: no longer the pure lines of the Modern Movement but an approach that privileges ethics over aesthetics, that embraces spontaneity and intentional roughness as a manifesto of blunt and anti-rhetorical functionalism.

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