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brutalism

[ broot-l-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈbrut lˌɪz əm /
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noun

(in modern architecture) the aesthetic use of basic building processes with no apparent concern for visual amenity.

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Origin of brutalism

First recorded in 1795–1805, for literal sense; brutal + -ism; in reference to architecture first used by British architects Alison Smithson (1928–93) and Peter Smithson (1923–2003) in 1953
bru·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brutalism

brutalism
/ (ˈbruːtəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

an austere style of architecture characterized by emphasis on such structural materials as undressed concrete and unconcealed service pipesAlso called: new brutalism
brutalist, noun, adjective
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