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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:

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A prior blog post with links: https://analepsis.org/2017/02/20/brutalism-415/

An interview with Ben Wheatley in a British architecture magazine: https://www.dezeen.com/2016/03/25/high-rise-movie-not-a-criticism-of-post-war-architecture-interview-director-ben-wheatley/

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.

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