Coursehero-Cornerstone Essay #2 - Brutalism in Britain Brutalism has been through quite some wear and tear since it was first introduced into

Coursehero-Cornerstone Essay #2 - Brutalism in...

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Brutalism in BritainBrutalism has been through quite some wear and tear since it was first introduced into widespread popularity in British architecture during the late 1950s. Once the widely lauded product of modernism and post-war recovery, Brutalist buildings today stand derelict and unwanted with their harsh exteriors. We must acknowledge Brutalism’s significance in being a monumental part of British history and architectural history. At the same time, we must accept that such bold and different ideas such as Brutalism will lose its merit over time, and instead, such ideas can be modified to fit the societal and cultural conventions at the time.History is important, especially in British culture, as told by the numerous statues and memorials throughout the U.K. commemorating integral parts of British history. “Britain’s history is told in its townscapes (Walker)”. Brutalism is a part of this history, an architectural style born from the devastations of the Second World War. After WWII, Britain became fixated on “planned economies, welfare, greater social equality and planned urban space (Walker)”. To some extent, this ideology was the state’s way of compensating for and controlling the economic chaos that had ensued during and after WWII. Because it represents the recovery and renewal of Britain after the ruins brought on by the Second World War, Brutalism and the buildings that sprung up from this architectural movement can be considered a memorial in itself. To many, it’s important that these Brutalist buildings remain a part of the British townscape, as Walker says, and survive as a reminder of both the trauma brought on by WWII and the era of renewal that followed.

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