GUEST BLOG / By Vyta Baselice, Architecture, Design & Engineering Programs Assistant, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Brutalism is an architectural style that emerged first in Great Britain in the 1950s and soon gained popularity in the United States. It is easily identifiable by the buildings’ large scale, rectangular shapes, and extensive use of exposed concrete. Due to the low cost of the material, the style was often employed to build large government and institutional buildings, for example, laboratories, libraries, and housing.
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Unite d'Habitation, Marseille by architect Le Corbusier was built between 1947-53, and is often cited as the initial inspiration of the Brutalist architectural style and philosophy.