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    Brutalism as Found: Housing, Form, and Crisis at Robin Hood Gardens

    Nicholas Thoburn

    Robin Hood Gardens was designed as an ethical and aesthetic encounter with the flux and crises of the social world. Now demolished, this Brutalist estate has been much disputed. But the clichéd debates marginalise the estate's residents and obscure its architectural originality. Thoburn centres the estate's lived experience of a multiracial working class, not to displace the architecture's sensory qualities of matter and form, but to radicalise them for our present.

    Published December 2022

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