@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
@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.
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