Sos Brutalism: A Global Survey by Oliver ElserSos Brutalism: A Global Survey by Oliver Elser

Sos Brutalism: A Global Survey

EditorOliver Elser, Philip Kurz, Peter Cachola Schmal

Hardcover | February 15, 2018

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Widely disliked in their heyday and only recently beginning to be appreciated, brutalist buildings around the world are at risk of being lost—in many cases to demolition, and in some to insensitive reconstructions that would forever alter buildings’ appearance beyond recognition. SOS Brutalism is a distress signal, an attempt to galvanize public awareness of the architectural heritage that is at risk of being forever lost. The book, result of a major collaborative research undertaking by Deutsches Architektur Museum DAM and Wüstenrot Foundation, presents a global survey of brutalist architecture of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, covering around 120 key buildings from the period from around the world, many of them little-known and in imminent danger of destruction. Case studies of hotspots such as the Macedonian capital Skopje or New Haven, Connecticut, and essays on the history and theory of brutalism round out this groundbreaking and lavishly illustrated book.
Oliver Elser is a curator at Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Frankfurt am Main. Philip Kurz is managing director of Wüstenrot Foundation in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Peter Cachola Schmal is director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Frankfurt am Main.   
Title:Sos Brutalism: A Global SurveyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:716 pages, 11 × 9 × 1.8 inShipping dimensions:11 × 9 × 1.8 inPublished:February 15, 2018Publisher:Park BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303860075X

ISBN - 13:9783038600756


Table of Contents

Case Studies
North America
Latin America
Middle East
Russia, Central Asia, and Caucasus
East Asia
South and Southeast Asia
Western Europe
Eastern Europe
Great Britain

Editorial Reviews

SOS Brutalism calls for recognition and understanding of the buildings that contribute to a global heritage, which is being lost as individual examples fall into disrepair and sometimes demise. . . . [It’s] a weighty reminder of our collective legacy.”