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Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloody-mindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades (2)



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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 2x50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

Every now and again, architecture goes through a phase of not caring whether it is liked. Employing shock tactics, it asks us to find beauty in what is commonly regarded to be ugly. In this series, Jonathan Meades explores the Brutalist story and its movement across Europe.
 
Jonathan looks for Brutalism’s precursors in the Baroque and Modern Gothic movements, and the martial architecture of Freidrich Tamms. He then picks out some of the most impressive brutalist buildings in Europe.
 
At the centre of the movement is the highly influential post war work of Le Corbusier who, Meades argues, led the way in the search for an impressive architectural style that could match the sublimity often sought in nature.
 
Acknowledging that brutalist buildings have often proved unpopular, Meades insists that now is the moment to re-engage with their magnificence.