essence of Brutalism

In their short statement published in 1957, Peter & Alison Smithson wrote that the essence of Brutalism in not stylistic but ethical. Discuss what this meant for their architectural philosophy and practice, with reference to specific buildings.

  1. William Curtis, Modern Architecture since 1900, Chapter 29-30
  1. Elaine Harwood, Space, Hope and Brutalism, 2014
  1. Max Risselada (ed.), Alison & Peter Smithson: A Critical Anthology, 2011
  1. Irenee Scalbert, ’The Smithson and the Economist Building Plaza’, in Architecture is Not Made With the Brain: The labour of Alison & Peter Smithson, ed. M. Mostafavi, 2005
  1. Alison & Peter, Smithson, ‘The New Brutalism’, Architectural Design, April 1957

Write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments.. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

Focus your discussion on the following:

  • Research commercial and federal contract proposals, and offer your opinion, with evidence, on the similarities and differences between the two proposal types.
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