SOS Brutalism exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. Photo: Moritz Bernoully.
Love or hate Brutalism, many of these historic “concrete monsters” played a role in shaping the cities in which they were built. But today, many Brutalist structures face the risk of demolition. To raise awareness, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt teamed up with the Wüstenrot Foundation to create the campaign and exhibition, “SOS BRUTALISM”, the first-ever global survey of Brutalist architecture from the 1950s-70s. The campaign also calls for the re-evaluation of the style.
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SOS Brutalism re-examines the style with over a dozen large-scale cardboard models and cast concrete miniatures built by the Kaiserslautern Technical University exclusively for the exhibition.
Some of the models include Paul Rudolph's Art & Architecture Building at Yale University; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Walter Netsch)'s Behavioral Sciences Building at the University of Illinois, Chicago; Youji Watanabe's Dr. Minezaki House in Shizuoka, Japan; Alison Smithson + Peter Smithson's Robin Hood Gardens in London, I.M. Pei's Mesa Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, and more.
From Japan and Brazil to Great Britain and former Yugoslavia, the exhibition revisits Brutalist buildings in 12 regions: North America; Latin America; Africa; South and Southeast Asia; East Asia; Russia, Central Asia, and Caucasus; Eastern Europe; Western Europe; the Middle East; Great Britain; Oceania; and Germany.
More of the SOS Brutalism campaign can be viewed online with its growing database of over 1,000 projects.