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Old October 21st, 2007, 08:31 AM   #41
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wow, that library in buenos aires is painful to look at.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 09:27 AM   #42
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 12:12 AM   #43
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The River Park Towers over in The Bronx is probably the biggest brutalist buildings in NYC.

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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:42 AM   #44
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love those types of apartments, i wish i lived in one of them
You love alot of weird things. Like Canadian weather.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:49 AM   #45
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I hate brutalist architecture with the intensity of a thousand burning desert suns.

Unfortunately, Canadian cities like Toronto have tones of it. For example,

City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square)



and Sheraton. There are a hundred buildings that look exactly the same.


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Old October 22nd, 2007, 04:28 AM   #46
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Some more brutalism in Brazil

Edifício Acal, São Paulo, 1974.


Edificio Capitanea, São Paulo, 1973




Tribunal de Contas de São Paulo, 1971


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Old October 22nd, 2007, 05:30 AM   #47
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Great thread. I totally understand most people's aversion to brutalism, but when done right, some are fantastic. The Montreal Metro, Place Bonaventure, and Habitat are good examples of Montreal's successful courtship of this style.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:28 AM   #48
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I hate brutalist architecture with the intensity of a thousand burning desert suns.

Unfortunately, Canadian cities like Toronto have tones of it. For example,

City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square)

I'm generally not a brutalism fan, but surely you can't dislike Toronto City Hall. It's some pretty awesome modernist architecture and a real symbol of Toronto.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:55 PM   #49
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I hate brutalist architecture with the intensity of a thousand burning desert suns.

Unfortunately, Canadian cities like Toronto have tones of it. For example,

City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square)



and Sheraton. There are a hundred buildings that look exactly the same.

Toronto City Hall is not brutalist it is modernism. That is a marble facade not concrete and the shape and form to not meet the definition of Brutalism.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 10:13 PM   #50
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Toronto City Hall is not brutalist it is modernism. That is a marble facade not concrete and the shape and form to not meet the definition of Brutalism.
That's what I thought as well, but I wasn't sure. I know brutalism is another form of modernism, and beyond that my technical knowledge of architecture goes into "Ooo, that building is pretty!" territory, so I didn't really go there. City Hall is an awesome building, though - I mean, it was even on Star Trek, that has to be worth something!
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 11:23 PM   #51
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I'm generally not a brutalism fan, but surely you can't dislike Toronto City Hall. It's some pretty awesome modernist architecture and a real symbol of Toronto.
Really? I think City Hall is a monstrosity. Look at the back! Two, big marble (which looks like concrete) walls without any windows! I like the old City Hall. :P
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:33 AM   #52
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It's marble? It looks very concrete when you walk past it. Regardless, I love City Hall, but am not a big fan of the view from the back either.

I do like that bunker heavy feel of brutalism, but brutalism needs to be creative and over-the top to be worth the effort. It should be as imposing as a steel mill, oil refinery, or the Nostromo in the movie Alien. Too much of it is just boring and depressing.

TRMD: I understand your dislike of brutalism. Alot of it isn't very appealing, but is there any you do like? There are some that are spectacular.
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 07:53 AM   #53
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Some buildings at berkeley are brutalist.

How I hate them... they just look like barren piles of concrete...
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 08:05 AM   #54
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University of Toronto's Robarts Library
Third largest research library in North America, but considered an eyesore by the students.

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Old October 23rd, 2007, 08:45 AM   #55
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^ Robarts is a nice building - the problem is, it's impossible to actually appreciate it from street level, which is just stupid. It's a neat design, but squandered.
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It's marble?
It's concrete. I thought Jackhammer was referring to City Hall.

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TRMD: I understand your dislike of brutalism. Alot of it isn't very appealing, but is there any you do like? There are some that are spectacular
None, but I gave it a good thought.

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Old October 24th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #57
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I was referring to City Hall and it is marble.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 06:05 PM   #58
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Old October 24th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #59
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Old October 25th, 2007, 10:15 AM   #60
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I think he means 'Metro Hall' on King Street that was built in 1992 to house the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and its employees. In 1998, all city hall offices were amalgamated at 'new' City Hall for Toronto built in 1965. That's the curved structure at the north end of Nathan Philips Square designed by Finnish architect, Revell. That is concrete. The old Romanesque Revival City Hall built in 1899 directly to the east of this square is made from a reddish stone. Not sure what exactly.
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