American intellectual Noam Chomsky discusses whether the rise of American presidential candidate Donald J. Trump bears correlation to the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany. Source: Open Culture.
Born and raised in Middlesbrough, graphic designer Peter Chadwick grew up in a town surrounded by concrete. His fascination with Brutalism began with a glimpse of the Dorman Long Coke Oven Tower, a monolithic structure with a single row of narrow windows and the company name printed in stark lettering on one side. “Uncompromising and faceless, the structure fuelled my imagination,” he says. “I didn’t realise it was possible to build something so tall and so imposing using only concrete.”
Now, after decades researching Brutalist buildings around the world, Chadwick has compiled a book celebrating the divisive architectural style. This Brutal World features hundreds of black-and-white images of apartment blocks, chapels, theatres, galleries and hospital buildings from Sheffield to Nepal and Tokyo. Many were built in the 1960s and 70s but there are plenty of contemporary examples too, highlighting Brutalism’s influence on architects from Thomas Heatherwick to Zaha Hadid. (more…)
“The new composition is based on the 1988 a capella piece Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen that the composer decided to rearrange for string orchestra. According to the Universal Edition music publisher, the work appears sonically in a completely new light when compared to the choir version, and a new artistic level is effectively added.”
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