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Posted by  Michelle on April 07, 2003 at 20:53:34:

In Reply to:  Re: Any Thoughts on Brutalist Design? posted by Q on April 04, 2003 at 02:56:34:

Relying on face-to-face meetings, some local newspaper articles (Atlanta) and various journals, I have the impression that the professional community has accepted Brutalism and particularly its functional concentration (by the "Masters", Kahn, Breuer, Rudolph, etc.). However, whenever I've asked people who work in the buildings themselves, typically the general public, the reaction has been unanimously negative. I think that this may be the key point. While these buildings can be very functional (my favorite local example, Central Library in downtown Atlanta), most people want something more traditional and less ...well, gray. :) This shouldn't be entirely it; however - the inside of the Central Library is comfortable, as is Paul Rudolph's Cannon Chapel at Emory University. The best reaction I received RE: visual appeal on Paul's Chapel was "interesting". But, of course, if any have ever milled around in any of the MARTA stations around Atlanta, they are particularly uncomfortable to lean against (grace a corduory concrete sculptural details), and seats are very cold, hard, and uncomfortable in winter - and they're interesting to behold, one is drawn to touch the columns and to examine the detailing...perhaps because that's the only thing to look at, though. I think execution of the style makes a significant difference in its "livability" and level of comfort in general. Food for thought.

 
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