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Reyner Banham

The New Brutalism by Reyner BanhamSubscription

By Reyner Banham

In his seminal December 1955 essay Architectural Critic Reyner Banham attempts to codify the then emerging architectural movement of Brutalism


1961 May: Psychiatric Institute Milan by Vittorio ViganoSubscription

A functionalist approach to a challenging brief is resolved in this unintentionally Brutalist hospital

AR Archive

1981 BostonCityHall byLebovich8 HABS MA1176

Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New BostonSubscription

By Raymund Ryan

Brutalism is certainly having a moment

brutalism map

Brutalism on tourSubscription

By Helen Ikla and Andrew Knott

The Brutalist London map may propagate a landmark approach to the city, but it has a clear pedagogical potential

Reyner Banham's Brutalist clarion call appeared in these pages in 1955: the conference, however, passed over Brutalism's birthplace

Brute forces in BerlinSubscription

By Steve Parnell

A two-day conference in Berlin explored the international incarnations of Brutalism but didn’t quite manage a definition

Architecture in Berlin


A Taste for Brutalism: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan MeadesSubscription

By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Jonathan Meades’ defiant defence of Brutalism in his recent BBC4 series is a much needed change from televised architectural travelogues

Troubles in Theory V

Troubles in Theory V: the Brutalist moment(s)Subscription


From the Smithsons’ claim to have originally coined the term, to its alleged incarnation in the béton brut of Le Corbusier’s Unités, the provenance of New Brutalism, seen as a corrective to ‘soft’ Modernism, is as problematic as what it stood for: ethic or aesthetic?