Brutalism has seen many changing fortunes. From its poetic, utopian initial visions of a more harmonious future, to the dystopia that ensued due to its naive assumptions and economic misgivings. Brutalism’s ‘streets in the sky’ became symbolic of the structural flaws and high crime rates associated with this style of architecture, ultimately masking the utopian social ideals it sought to introduce. But despite its failings there is no denying the power of its aesthetic hold over our senses.
Brutalism essence was as much ethical as it was visual. Can we rightly say that some of the current urban regeneration projects taking hold of our cities have these same ethics in mind?