Power Challenge of the Week


This week’s challenge: say some nice things about Brutalist architecture without it coming out sounding sarcastic. Here are some attempts.

  • “That one looks pretty inviting.”
  • “That actually makes a dramatic end to the green-roof part of campus.”
  • “I can see how the concrete fountain the plaza originally had would have balanced the composition.”
  • “Hey, that’s right, this side does look like a child’s harmonica.”
  • “It’s the way the entrance looms over people that makes gives the building character.”
  • “I would not have guessed this was built in 1975.”
  • “The patio area certainly doesn’t need plants.”
  • “It’s not until a winter storm that you appreciate those concrete pillars on the southern side.”
  • “It’s very effective in the way it overpowers the people walking around it.”
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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

8 thoughts on “Power Challenge of the Week”

    1. I concede that it’s hard to find Brutalist architecture that people like, but there are examples. This post was inspired, in fact, by my love pointing out a photograph of a 1973 campus building that, from that angle and in that light, looked sincerely charming and my realization that I couldn’t say that and be believed.

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