Mediating Brutalism: Spectacles of the Abject
ASCA/ACGS Lecture by Christoph Lindner, University of Oregon
Brutalism is back. As architectural experts and enthusiasts have been noting since the early 2000s, we are experiencing a renewed wave of interest in this historically-maligned yet globally-circulating architectural style best known in the 1950s and 1960s for its monumentality, rawness of material, and aesthetic austerity. Adopting a transnational approach, this talk explores how the current brutalist architectural revival connects – via spectacles of the abject – to a global, mediated fascination with postindustrial ruins, urban squatting, and neoliberal gentrification
Christoph Lindner is Professor and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon, where he directs the Slow Lab research initiative. Recent book publications include Deconstructing the High Line (Rutgers University Press, 2017), Global Garbage (Routledge, 2016), Cities Interrupted: Visual Culture and Urban Space (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Imagining New York City (Oxford University Pres, 2015).
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