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[broot-l-iz-uh m]
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  1. (in modern architecture) the aesthetic use of basic building processes with no apparent concern for visual amenity.

Origin of brutalism

1795–1805, for literal sense; brutal + -ism; in reference to architecture first used by British architects Alison Smithson (born 1928) and Peter Smithson (born 1923) in 1953
Related formsbru·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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  1. an austere style of architecture characterized by emphasis on such structural materials as undressed concrete and unconcealed service pipesAlso called: new brutalism
Derived Formsbrutalist, noun, adjective
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