Frills are not part of the Brutalist vocabulary. Brutalist architecture has never been very popular but its blunt forcefulness, its rude breaking with tradition, and its startling and often simplistic inventiveness have made it hard to ignore and therefore still very vital. While Brutalism flourished in the 1960s, it has long suffered from a reputation as being ugly, cheap and unfeeling. Yet in the face of the harshest critics, it remains in the news.
As with anything, there is, of course, good Brutalism and bad Brutalism. Ahead we’ll go through New York City’s best and worst examples from this school of architecture.