Thursday, January 24, 2013

SAFDIE DANCE:  Having spent some time yesterday at 1515 Arch Street, I'm glad to know that there is indeed a colorfully named Tumblr dedicated to Brutalist architecture.  Its 2012 Top Ten posts is a nice survey of the style's highlights, but really, nothing beats Habitat 67.


  1. The Pathetic Earthling9:15 AM

    I had no idea there were so many places to film Parkour videos.

  2. I admire the designs that are more cleanly geometric, but those that appear dedicated to recapitulating the excesses of cubist painting in three dimensions have little appeal.

  3. I can sort of get Brutalism, but what it reminds me of are hideous ugly East German housing blocks, and that's not really what you want to be going for.

  4. Carrie9:20 AM

    If you've ever visited the Taos Pueblo, the adobe structures of which date from the 11th century, you'll know how much Safdie's Habitat is influenced by those structures which to my eye look organic rather than Brutalist.

    P.S.: TPE: I love you.