Monthly Archives: September 2018

Brutalist (415)

The building in Ballard’s novel seems to be an example of Brutalist architecture, a style that emerged in the postwar era. Here are some examples:

A Tesco’s in Slovenia:


A prior blog post with links:

An interview with Ben Wheatley in a British architecture magazine:

Monetizable (415)

I think this story is fascinating. An art college in Lyon altered a photograph of a group of its students– making it appear that some of them were people of color– in order to appeal to prospective US students. I take this to be a consequence of living in a society where everything is monetizable, including racial and ethnic identity. Under neoliberalism an uncritical, opportunistic version of diversity easily becomes just another marketing technique.