i always mix up “brutalist” and “hostile” architecture, but to me, it’s like the difference between a democrat and a fascist. one facilitates the other, and there’s a lot of fuckin overlap, but the people who care about those labels will insist you differentiate.


@Moss oh dang i don't wanna get too high on my brutalism soap box but one of my deepest held conspiracy theories is that the popular distrust in brutalism was a campaign orchestrated by the american right in the late 20th century because brutalist buildings are often public buildings (libraries, municipal buildings, public housing, et c.) as a way of undermining government investment in the public sphere

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@kit i get you, but why do public/state/service buildings gotta be ugly and off-putting? why can’t we get some smooth curves and lighter colors? organic shapes/textures?

@Moss sweeping curves are difficult in poured concrete because building the formwork would be really complicated but a lot of the early brutalist buildings did have some curves and other neat ornament. i suspect that the later ones are more simple, geometrically, because of ideas that ornament is frivolous and that "the taxpayer" shouldn't have to pay for "frivolity".

in conclusion i love my big strong concrete sons and i blame most of their perceived shortcomings on the american right

@kit i think valuing austerity over joy is the real problem, and not one exclusive to capitalists. you’re valid tho.

@kit I liked this before but I’d like to like it again

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