WBEZ | brutalism http://www.wbez.org/tags/brutalism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Brutalist buildings that could be movie sets http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/brutalist-buildings-could-be-movie-sets-108091 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ku-xlarge.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Just<em>&nbsp;look </em>at the building in the photo above.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">It&#39;s the Geisel Library &mdash; named after Theodor &quot;Dr. Seuss&quot; Geisel &mdash; on the University of California San Diego campus. Built in 1970, the library is among the nation&#39;s better-known examples of Brutalism. And if you think the Geisel library looks like a movie set, so does Vincze Miklos, a blogger on the science and sci-fi friendly site io9. Miklos included the building in an amusing post called <a href="http://io9.com/brutalist-buildings-that-should-be-dystopian-movie-se-802637713">&quot;Brutalist Buildings that Should be Dystopian Movie Sets.&quot;</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Miklos presents Brutalism from around the world, capturing a mid-century style in which bold forms, lots of concrete and a dose of futurism were combined to create iconic &mdash; and sometimes downright ugly &mdash; buildings. With Brutalism&#39;s angles, shadows, monumentality and inscrutable facades, many of the buildings look like a miscalulated vision of the future.<em>&nbsp;Cue the &quot;bad guy&quot; synth music, please:</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This is the UK&#39;s Trellick Tower in West London:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ku-xlarge%20%281%29.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Ot how about this one: Genex Tower in Belgrade, Serbia:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ku-xlarge%20%283%29.jpg" title="" /></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The io9 post has no Chicago examples, but in the must-read comments section someone offered the triangular Metropolitan Correctional Center downtown. The commenter also added the jail &quot;looks like something that could be out of [Judge Dredd&#39;s] Mega-City One.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The University of Illinois at Chicago campus might be a worthy candidate. The old Kennedy King College at 69th and Wentworth would have been, too &mdash; had it not been demolished a few years ago:</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/untitled%20shoot-10316.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 475px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-07/brutalist-buildings-could-be-movie-sets-108091