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Old November 7th, 2010, 09:48 PM   #1
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What do you think is the ugliest style of architecture?

For me, it's Brutalism. I can't think of a single beautiful brutalist building.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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http://www.austincontrarian.com/aust...ions_in_t.html

I also think modern row houses are pretty ugly, especially those that are a mash up of different shapes, colors and materials and over sized windows.


http://www.windycitizen.com/2008/01/...ouses-legoland
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Old November 7th, 2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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Pretty much everything post war.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 10:45 PM   #4
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Old November 7th, 2010, 10:49 PM   #5
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Old November 7th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #6
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_67

In my opinion, this is much worse:
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Old November 7th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #7
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That's Habitat 67 in Montreal.

I agree that Brutalism is probably the ugliest style. However, I think it can be done right:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...rtslibrary.jpg


^That's the Robarts Library in Toronto and I genuinely like it, but it's the exception to the rule. 99% of the time Brutalism buildings are hideous. It would probably be for the best if the style went away and never came back.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #8
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Pretty much everything post war.
Says everything about you, contradicitng yourself being the most prominant image of you!
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Old November 8th, 2010, 01:26 AM   #9
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Pretty much everything post war.
I think we're getting better. There is a lot of nice 21st Century Architecture (besides suburbs...). Anything built between 1950 and 1980 is horrid.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #10
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I have a love/hate relationship with brutalist architecture. A great example of brutalism done right is the coffered concrete ceilings in the underground stations of the Washington DC metro. I also like brutalist buildings that are covered in overgrowth.

Then there's this concrete abortion in Milan

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Old November 8th, 2010, 06:22 PM   #11
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I agree with Dark Shadow1.... and i kinda like that building shtoopid posted....
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Old November 8th, 2010, 09:40 PM   #12
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Says everything about you, contradicitng yourself being the most prominant image of you!
Pretty much everything post-war is crap. The words to keep in mind here are 'pretty' and 'much', which, when used in tandem, mean that helluva lot but not everything is utter crap.

Modernism and Brutalism found themselves very much in demand after the war. These styles reaped horrific damage on cities all over the World, sometimes destroying entire towns and in their 60 year existence they provided very few buildings of worth! Po-Mo was not much better either. However, as Botswana said we are getting better. Rogers, Foster, Piano, Nouvel, Zaha, Gehry, Libeskind etc etc are all fantastic architects producing incredible stuff. So, theres no contradiction in my posts whatsoever, if anything it is your posts that say everything about you, especially the fact that youre illiterate!
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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:05 AM   #13
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There is not a single style i do not like at all. You can find beautiful and ugly pieces in every architecturel style.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:36 AM   #14
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Yes, but there is not a single beautiful brutalist building. Not one. They're all godawful.

I also hate socialist architecture post-Stalin (love Stalinist Architecture). Almost everything built during the Khrushchev era was pure trash.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 10:29 AM   #15
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I think brutalism is beautiful. "Uglily" beautiful.

I think modern (not modernism tho) is the worst. So soulless.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #16
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well, the worst is any real-estate-developers-non-architecture

including this kind of intensely sad patchworks
[img]http://i52.************/vysdnl.jpg[/img]

the neo-classical version is even worse - it's like a fat girl with high heels and short skirt trying to fool people she's classy.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:47 PM   #17
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_67

In my opinion, this is much worse:
Generic yes... Ugly no...

people would not aspire to a nice detached house if it was ugly.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #18
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Yes they would.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #19
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Generic yes... Ugly no...

people would not aspire to a nice detached house if it was ugly.
People will aspire to what they consider success. Suburbs are awful, but it`s part of the American dream to own a soulless house with a white picket fence. Suburbs are very ugly, especially when there is no variation in architecture and just bland replicas everywhere.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 12:41 AM   #20
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[QUOTE=dark_shadow1;66703155]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_67

In my opinion, this is much worse:

The buildings aren't that bad, it's the context. imagin a whole city of identical brutalist buildings. That would look a lot worse
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