Concrete Dreams

There is no denying the power Brutalist structures hold over our senses, serving as a symbol for our changing physical and psychological relationship with the built environment. I have been drawn to photographing Brutalism's looming geometric forms and streets in the sky for many years now but began researching the social ideals behind these urban regeneration projects more in-depth whilst writing a photographic essay 'Concrete Dreams : Reflections on Brutalism’s Ethics & Aesthetics'.

Brutalism's essence was as much ethical as it was visual. Its architecture has seen many changing fortunes. From its poetic, utopian initial visions of a more harmonious future for a post-war landscape, to the dystopia that ensued due to its naive assumptions and economic misgivings.

Photographs taken in London, Barcelona, Paris and Shanghai.