Beautiful or Terrible? – London's Brutalist Architecture


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Beautiful or Terrible? - London's Brutalist Architecture



Brutalist architecture is eye-catching and divides people at the same time – beautiful or terrible? – that’s usually the question.
The “Brutalist London Map” gives an overview of 50 of these concrete giants, including the Trellick Tower, the Barbican and the National Theatre.
The map invites us to take a tour of the British capital’s brutalist beauties. It was compiled by conservator Henrietta Billings. She accompanies us on a city walk to meet residents, passers-by and Brutalism fans – and hear their views on this unique architectural style.

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Report, Camera & Edit:
Robert Richter
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  1. Simply terrible … designers for a dystopian sci-fi future couldn't come up with architecture that is more depressing, cold and inhuman. Whoever came up with that had issues … and whoever signed off on all this getting actually built? Even worse or corrupt to the core.

  2. The suburb of Helsinki called eastern Itä-Pasila was built in 1975. I love it and I hope whole city was like that. Parking lots underground. Parks in centers of 10 story buildings and light driving lanes in between

  3. I think that if you were to research public opinion on brutalist architecture at least 70% would say it's ugly and needs to be knocked down asap.

  4. Some people associate brutalism with their nostalgia for 1960s "swinging London"…
    When they demolish one of these buildings, what do they do with all the concrete rubble?

  5. Brutalist architecture is the epitome of dystopianism. All existing forms and remnants of brutalist architecture need to wiped from the Earth and exist only in history books, to learn from, like all the other terrible things humans have done.

  6. Suggestion: the strange transitions between black and white and color are simply distracting. I really like brutalism, but the way this was filmed made it so incredibly irritating to watch that I only made it half way through before turning it off.