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Fifty shades of concrete?

Christopher Beanland is a self-confessed (or maybe that should be self-professed – nothing to be ashamed of) lover of Brutalism.

Christopher Beanland is a self-confessed (or maybe that should be self-professed – nothing to be ashamed of) lover of Brutalism. He sets this out in an article in today’s Observer. So far, so relatively normal, since as he says a corner has been turned and public appreciation of these buildings is growing.

But his language is wonderfully evocative. He writes: ‘It is architecture on heat: it struts, invites you to rub its porridgey skin and goggle at its projections. There is a reason that music videos are shot in them, rather than in drab supermarkets.’

Beanland has a book to promote, called Concrete ConceptI. It should be a riveting and racy read.

Ruth Slavid

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