brutalism revisited, maintenance, modernists and conservation.

"No one has yet coined a term, at least not a favourable one, to describe the way man-made materials grow old. There are no haikus about plastic. There is not much Zen in an old Ford Mondeo. There is even less Zen in an old housing estate."

Stephen Bayley outlines a brief history of the Smithsons, talks pointless petitions and almost romanticizes concrete in his article on the Robin Hood estate. I would just go all out and eulogize about concrete if I had the time, so I won't, but this is the Robin Hood estate:


Blogger AMP said...

that's moments away from where i live (in mine own brutalist ex-council block). it's kind of scary!

9/3/08 12:47  

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