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Concrete Concept


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CHRISTOPHER BEANLAND lives in London and writes about architecture, culture and the arts for newspapers including The Independent, Guardian, Telegraph and various magazines around the world. He's also written two novels.


"a wholesome first introduction to the wonderful world of concrete brutes for those yet uninitiated" Icon "An almanac of fashionably extreme concrete" Financial Times "Concrete Concept reinforces our love for all things grey, textured and modern." ELLE Decoration "a lively journey around the world's brutalist buildings." "It's a fascinating glimpse into an area of architecture where abstraction seems to solidify into cold, hard - and sometimes beautiful - reality." Bespoke Living (City AM) "a surprisingly light-weight book that provides us a visual world-tour of tortured edifices." Wallpaper* "Brick-like new tome Concrete Concept demonstrates the unexpected serenity of some of the world's greatest Brutalist buildings ... Open the pages up and you'll be greeted by light, cheerful photographs and an accessible, tongue-and-cheek commentary." AnOther magazine "Concrete Concept ... celebrates so-called brutalist buildings across the world" John Harris, The Guardian A simply must have book for any fan of Brutalist architecture' @ThisBrutalLife 'a fine slab of brutalism... it's a belter.' @Brutal_Architecture "The buildings chosen by Beanland truly evoke their period and each have something to say to us today." The Birmingham Press "we'd suggest leafing through Christopher Beanland's Concrete Concept, a dazzlingly shot whistle-stop of the much-maligned style's greatest hits ... the book showcases the confidence, clarity and historical importance of the movement." Monocle "The text of this book, which profiles 50 brutalist beasts, is witty, lively and informative. The numerous photographs are first class. Concrete Concept gave me new eyes." -- Roger Lewis Saturday Review, The Times "This is not a worthy but dull architecture book. This is not a coffee table statement. Yes, it looks beautiful. Yes, you'll seem sophisticated for owning it. But shockingly, it's also insanely engaging. Beanland's commentary is fast-flowing, smart and very funny. Exactly what you want from a book about concrete." Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost "A witty, high-adrenalin, concrete-fuelled mega-tour of some of the world's unfairly maligned 'monstrosities'. Concrete Concept is a gutsy, bombastic love song." Catherine Croft, Twentieth Century Society "This tour around some of the world's great buildings is a treat for any brutalist architecture fan." John Grindrod, Author of Concretopia "A breathless love letter to a disappearing epoch. This funny, smart and beguiling book will make you want to jump on a plane before it's too late." Elizabeth Hopkirk, Building Design magazine "A snappy and surprising read. The expansive selection of buildings and waggish commentary help take apart tired definitions and break open the prematurely closed canon of brutalist architecture." Michael Abrahamson, Curator of F*ck Yeah Brutalism

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