ATG Quirkies: Learning to Love Brutalism, a Common Style on Many University Campuses

Leading off with William Pereira’s 1968 Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego, this Architectural Digest photo essay spotlights a faded style that is now being “reconsidered and preserved.”

Brutalism as it is called, emerged from World War II and is a “stark, concrete-centric offshoot of earlier forms of modernism.” In its heyday it “influenced municipal buildings, campuses, and housing projects, many designed by their day’s top architects.” However, labelled by critics as lacking in subtlety, brutalism began to lose favor and until recently looked “like it would become a historical footnote.”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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