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Old 04-20-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: NYC
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The question is... can it be destroyed?
Yes it certainly looks indestructible.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Boston thought it was ok to go from



to



So much fail
I can't figure out if that building is a mental asylum or a medium security prison? Maybe both?

Either way, its the best one I ever saw.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Was the inverted concrete pyramid a popular brutalist design? There's one in Toronto too:

From: Two condo towers proposed for NE corner of Dundas & Jarvis | thetorontoblog.com

There's a brutalist building at my university too (Math & Computer Building), nick-named by some the Math Dungeon because all the classrooms are on the inside meaning no windows (only prof offices have windows).


Maybe I could come to like some brutalist buildings, but I think I still wouldn't like most of them.


Is brutalist architecture what the OP was referring too? Because around that time there were many other styles of architecture as well. My favourite of the big bank towers in Toronto, Scotia Plaza, was completed in 1988:


Royal Bank Plaza is pretty interesting too, it was completed in 1979 (phase 2).

Post Modernism started to be quite popular in the late 70s, which is Scotia Plaza's style. There was also the international style which was more around the 60s/70s.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I used to hate brutalist stuff, but now I like it. Obviously the first one is way more pleasing to the eye but I now don't cringe when I see these types of buildings.

40-year nostalgia cycle?

I'm hoping others see it this way too, and the Morris Mechanic theater here in Baltimore can see some new life without being destroyed:
brutalism haters everywhere rejoice:

Developer files permit to demolish Mechanic Theater - baltimoresun.com
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: The City
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Ugly


Philadelphia Police Headquarters | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

And Uglier

Philadelphia, PA - Google Maps
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: The City
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And 80's that isnt awful; next to 100 plus year old gem

Philadelphia, PA - Google Maps
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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I like that police headquarters--it looks like a giant peanut!

You'll all be wishing you had nice sturdy Brutalist buildings to stay inside when the zombies come--they're very sturdy and excellent for keeping out unwanted hordes. Sometimes it's better to be pedestrian unfriendly, like when the pedestrians want to eat your brains!
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: The City
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I like that police headquarters--it looks like a giant peanut!

You'll all be wishing you had nice sturdy Brutalist buildings to stay inside when the zombies come--they're very sturdy and excellent for keeping out unwanted hordes. Sometimes it's better to be pedestrian unfriendly, like when the pedestrians want to eat your brains!
Affectionately known as the round house. The Police HQ is actually moving from this location (this area to hopefully be redeveloped as part the market east redo) to a rehab in West Philly (below)


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Provident Mutual To Be New Police HQ | Hidden City Philadelphia#

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Old 06-02-2012, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm starting to really like the Brutalist stuff too. It's sort of the red-headed stepchild of late mid-century modern. This is a rare Brutalist house in Denver.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:55 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Ah Brutalist architecture...they recently tore down some buildings built in the early 1970s in my city. That shows you have little they think of it.

They are generally ugly but some have a gaudy charm.
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