SOS Brutalism. Save the concrete monsters!

The Deutsche Architekturmuseum (DAM) presents an exhibition tracing the evolution of the Brutalist movement. Brutalism began in the late ’50s work of Le Corbusier as a rejection of the earlier pristine white structures that defined his work throughout the ’40s. The name ‘Brutalism’ derives from the French term for the style –‘beton brut’ – meaning ‘exposed concrete’. SOS Brutalism is curated by online platform #SOS Brutalism which aims to draw attention to the cultural and aesthetic significance of the Brutalist style in the hope of saving influential buildings from future destruction. Visitors to the exhibition can wander a collection of scale models, photos and texts highlighting both iconic and lesser-known examples of the international movement. The projects featured include buildings by British inventors of New Brutalism, Alison and Peter Smithson, American architect I. M. Pei, Japanese proponent Youji Watanabe and Australian Robin Gibson.

To find our more about the #SOSBrutalism campaign and to visit their extensive database of Brutalist projects, visit their website.

Main image: seier+seier 2008 (CC BY 2.0).

Where: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

When: Until 2 April 2018

How much: Full € 9.00 / Concession € 4.50

More info: DAM website


Recent Articles

  • Marisa Yiu: Prototyping the City

    In two years, Marisa Yiu will finally add architecture ‘proper’ to her portfolio, when a built project goes up with her firm among its designers. But, for now, the in-demand architect relishes working beyond built form, in an inventive realm where design advocacy and pedagogy meets the social and cultural development of people and their cities
  • Blame Joanne mix by Toni Yotzi

    Named 'one of Melbourne's most tasteful deejays', Perth-bred Toni Yotzi's tunes will lead us into the summer solstice celebrations at the zero-waste, solar-powered Off The Grid festival in the ACCA forecourt on 22 December. Ahead of the event, she's prepared an exclusive EARS mix for us, merging obscure sounds with irresistible beats for months of summery listens
  • The Scale of the Museum

    What will the museum of the future be like? Senior curator at ACCA Annika Kristensen considers the meaning of 'civic' architecture and how an institution might contribute to the public good. It's the latest in our series of articles from Future West – a West Coast publication rethinking the future of urbanism through Western Australia