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  1. Alexander Clement
    May 7, 2020 @ 1:47 pm

    There has been a steady surge in interest over the last ten years. When my book was published in 2011, there were practically no others dedicated to Brutalism, least of all specifically British examples. Now there are dozens of them and countless social media groups and accounts dedicated to it. Some of it is nostalgia but a lot is to do with the power and majesty of big concrete structures, there’s just something about them. I can’t claim any credit for the current trend but I hope I’ve added to the debate in a small way.

  2. Andy Cunningham
    May 8, 2020 @ 10:17 am

    I have your book Alexander and it is really excellent. I’m another of the moderators in the BAS group but I wouldn’t profess to be an expert. I was always kind of interested in Brutalism and modernism more generally, possibly due to age (born 1970), so I remember still how things like new housing estates were presented as a bright future for ordinary people. I lived in Slovakia for a few years from 2005 and that really got me into architecture, seeing so many different styles (Brno for example is a treasure trove of interwar and postwar architecture), and also lots of public art from the 70s and 80s which was pretty new to me. I kind of expected the group to be a bit of a middle aged guy thing when I joined, so it’s great to see so many younger people taking an interest in this style of architecture, and also so many women, and the membership is pretty global. There are lots of different views and opinions as a result of that, although the main point of debate and discussion still seems to be about how to define brutalism itself!!