No modern architectural movement has aroused so much awe and so much ire as Brutalism. This global survey profiles 50 brutalist beasts around the world (built between the 1950s to 1970s), and demonstrates how Brutalism infected popular culture. This is architecture at its most assertive: compelling, distinctive, sometimes terrifying. But, as Concrete Concept shows, Brutalism can be about love as well as hate.
CHRISTOPHER BEANLAND lives in London and writes about architecture, culture and the arts for newspapers including The Independent, Guardian, Telegraph and various magazines around the world. He's also written two novels.
JONATHAN MEADES is a writer, journalist, essayist, film-maker. His books include three works of fiction - Filthy English, Pompey and The Fowler Family Business - and several anthologies including Museum Without
"A snappy and surprising read. The expansive selection of buildings and waggish commentary help take apart tired definitions and break open the prematurely closed canon of brutalist architecture."
"A witty, high-adrenalin, concrete-fuelled mega-tour of some of the world’s unfairly maligned ‘monstrosities’. Concrete Concept is a gutsy, bombastic love song."
"A breathless love letter to a disappearing epoch. This funny, smart and beguiling book will make you want to jump on a plane before it’s too late."
A simply must have book for any fan of Brutalist architecture'
"This tour around some of the world’s great buildings is a treat for any brutalist architecture fan."
"The text of this book, which profiles 50 brutalist beasts, is witty, lively and informative. The numerous photographs are first class. Concrete Concept gave me new eyes."
'a fine slab of brutalism... it's a belter.'
"The buildings chosen by Beanland truly evoke their period and each have something to say to us today."
"Concrete Concept ... celebrates so-called brutalist buildings across the world"
"Brick-like new tome Concrete Concept demonstrates the unexpected serenity of some of the world's greatest Brutalist buildings ... Open the pages up and you’ll be greeted by light, cheerful photographs and an accessible, tongue-and-cheek commentary."
"It's a fascinating glimpse into an area of architecture where abstraction seems to solidify into cold, hard - and sometimes beautiful - reality."
"a surprisingly light-weight book that provides us a visual world-tour of tortured edifices."
"An almanac of fashionably extreme concrete"
“Concrete Concept reinforces our love for all things grey, textured and modern.”
"a lively journey around the world’s brutalist buildings."
“a wholesome first introduction to the wonderful world of concrete brutes for those yet uninitiated”
"we'd suggest leafing through Christopher Beanland's Concrete Concept, a dazzlingly shot whistle-stop of the much-maligned style's greatest hits ... the book showcases the confidence, clarity and historical importance of the movement."