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Old Posted Feb 26, 2020, 8:40 PM
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The Great Canadian Brutalism Appreciation Thread

How about some love for this under appreciated style? We have some fantastic examples of it across Canada too!

I'll start with what I think is ones of the coolest buildings in the country - the Andrews Building at UofT's Scarborough campus. Designed by John Andrews and Page & Steele Architects, it was completed in 1964:



https://oaa.on.ca/bloaag-detail/Andr...ding,-UTSC/524


https://www.pinterest.es/pin/501729214723094801/


https://discoverarchives.library.uto...orough-library


https://twitter.com/utsc/status/772124519502721024


https://www.reddit.com/r/brutalism/c...toronto_photo/


https://tnq.ca/why-i-value-the-humanities-wing/




https://andresalvador.smugmug.com/AR...ARIO/i-p5ftFZT
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Your post reminds me of a blog I like to read from time to time. The writer seems to be a fan of brutalist/modernist architecture.

Here's a link:

https://halifaxbloggers.ca/noticedinnovascotia/

The blog as a search function where you could enter "brutalist", "concrete", etc. if you want to find those posts specifically.
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Great idea for a thread.
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Simon Fraser University (1965) another Arthur Erikson design.





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I've yet to see a brutalist building anywhere in the world that is not depressing and ugly.
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2020, 9:33 PM
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I've yet to see a brutalist building anywhere in the world that is not depressing and ugly.
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49. In a recent Forbes interview, Hollywood director Steward Hendler, whose upcoming film Halo was partly shot at SFU, described the campus as having “incredible, brutal concrete architecture. It actually has the highest suicide rate of any campus in Canada because it is so bleak, but that worked in our favour because it really feels like something from outer space.” In fact, the alleged high suicide rate is an urban legend that has been around — and been proven false — since the early 1980s.
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Arthur Erickson's University of Lethbridge, opened in 1967:
Exactly what I was going to post. A lot of Brutalism is ugly, but one is awesome, looks like it is out a sci fi movie. It seems more rare today to build something that is so starkly contradsts with the natural landscape, now we view every inch of earth as sacrosanct.
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Love this thread. Does anyone know the building they use for the stand in of the Mars Congressional Republic Embassy on Earth in The Expanse? The scenes in the UN capital (New York) are mostly filmed in Toronto, so I figured it's there somewhere.






Edit: Omg It's the first post on this page! U of T Scarborough! Wild.
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It's the first building in the OP
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It's the first building in the OP
Yeah haha I had already edited the bottom of my post before you mentioned that I felt dumb. To be fair though, it doesn't show an entrance shot like the one I posted.



The former Calgary Board of Education building. It has so much potential to be an awesome institutional building downtown, but it's been sitting idle for around a decade now.


https://calgary.skyrisecities.com/ne...-citys-history


It reminds me a little of the south side of Vancouver's Robson Square, the part attached to the BC Courthouse. It has soooo much potential, but it's just rotting. Thankfully they restored the 'Family of Man' sculptures a couple years ago though.


https://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/401313/



https://www.flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/8068145941
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Great idea for a thread.
I have a lot of affection for brutalism, though I can understand why many find it an aesthetic of frigidity, impersonalness, and despair.
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How about some love for this under appreciated style?
None from me. It's an interesting curiosity, but it is always deleterious in an urban context.

I challenge anyone to post a photo of a brutalist building in a city that isn't ugly in and of itself and/or makes its surroundings worse.
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I've yet to see a brutalist building anywhere in the world that is not depressing and ugly.
SFU is extra depressing due to the weather in Vancouver. It's cloudy for 6 months, rainy for most of that. SFU is high enough that it gets more fog from low hanging clouds.

It used to be very isolating up there for people who lived on campus, since there were no "stores" for groceries, etc. You had to drive down the mountain, or take the bus. Pretty isolating for people moving from somewhere else.

The environment is better now with more private development and a bit of a community forming.
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