- 1 [mass noun] Cruelty and savageness: exchanging one kind of social and economic brutalism for another is not what they had in mindMore example sentences
- It is preferred to say that after communism no one wanted to exchange one brutalism with another one.
- One moment of South American impudence was followed by a piece of South American brutalism.
- But human beings, let alone elephants, find brutalism hard to love.
- 2A stark style of functionalist architecture, especially of the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by the use of steel and concrete in massive blocks: the long, low, concrete-faced buildings were remarkable solely for their brutalismMore example sentences
- Its architecture was very much of its time; it was not seductive or inviting, but its brutalism was not so fierce as to prevent it becoming an object of local affection.
- They are hideous examples of concrete brutalism, dilapidated and badly-run and best demolished.
- Various departments inhabit a ramshackle collection of buildings up and down Holloway Road, ranging through arts and crafts, neo-Georgian, brutalism and postmodernist junk.
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- The last time architects took such ‘risks’ in Boston, during the urban renewal era of the early 1960s, the results included the brutalist City Hall - voted regularly by Bostonians as the most hated building in their city.
- He agrees that, aside from their occasional beauty, there is also a compelling, authoritarian power in these brutalist buildings.
- Inside, brutalist walls made of concrete terrazzo effectively highlight the intricate craftsmanship of works ranging from 18 th-century needlework to 19 th-century hand-painted hatboxes.
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