This seminar by guest speaker Dr Barnabas Calder is the first in our Architectural History and Theory seminar series for 2016-2017. Barnabas is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, and has recently published an acclaimed book, Raw Concrete: the Beauty of Brutalism, which makes the case for post-war British Brutalism as 'the best architecture there ever was'.
Brutalism: the best architecture there has ever been
The toxic loathing of 1960s architecture which dominated discussion in the 1980s and '90s has largely - though not entirely - passed. It has been replaced by a polite acknowledgement by most informed commentators that, in their rough, tough way, the great monuments of Brutalism have some good qualities.
This talk will argue that this is still only the beginning of Brutalism's rise to its proper place in the pantheon of architectural history: once the dust is fully settled the heavy-concrete megastructures of the 1960s will emerge as the most remarkable outburst of widespread technical and artistic brilliance in the whole history of world architecture.
Copies of Raw Concrete will be available at a special discount price after the talk.