Probably the twentieth century’s most controversial movement, Brutalism was characterised by its utilitarian style, modular elements and the functional use of concrete and steel
The London-based social housing complex was design by architects Alison and Peter Smithson as a manifestation of their socialist theories.
Thamesmead was designed to be a revolutionary housing estate but, like many of its Brutalist contemporaries, it failed to meet its utopian goals
Objects from sofa pillows to planters are now marketed as brutalist and sold across the nation's souvenir shops. But when an internationally renowned artist such as Carsten Höller feels the need to ride on brutalism's coattails, it's time to stop
Giancarlo Ragazzi’s footballing fortress brings together two rival teams, several architectural movements and much of Milan’s twentieth-century history under one mighty steel roof
Here, we pick some of the most intriguing events at the festival, from Lego-based building techniques to a modern take on cartography
Owen Hopkins provides a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroising that blight our understanding of modernist architecture, says John Jervis
The clever restoration of Basil Spence’s livery building shows how the brutes of the post-war era can be modernised without being tamed
The brute is back – on television, on social media, in coffee-table books, even in new buildings. But can we ever recapture the movement’s original spirit, asks Douglas Murphy?
Christopher Beanland’s compendium of 50 brutalist buildings is a wholesome first introduction to brutalism, but will leave die-hard fans unsatisfied, says Peter Smisek
Artist Jessie Brennan spent time with the residents of the Smithsons’ brutalist estate to explore the human impact of the political battle over its regeneration. Here, she discusses her experience
A beach hotel in Kuta celebrates local culture with a robust, almost brutal, facade made from more than a million traditional Balinese bricks
For its Brutalist Playground the RIBA, the Turner prize-nominated collective has worked with artist Simon Terrill to recreate some of the surreal structures created for play at brutalist housing schemes