Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Mapping Constructivist & Brutalist Buildings

The Constructivist Project celebrates and documents the design and buildings developed by the Soviet Constructivist group of architects. Soviet Russia's Constructivist architecture of the 1920's and early 1930's embraced modern materials and technology to design buildings with a social and communal purpose.

The Constructivist Project Map allows you to find and explore Constructivist buildings in Russia by location. The map also allows you to search for buildings by year of construction, architect, type of building, the status of the building and its current condition. Selecting a building on the map allows you to view its entry on the Constructivist Project website.

Artstreetecture is a collection of architecturally interesting Street View images, concentrating on the Modernist and Brutalist architecture of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Brutalism, like Constructivism, obviously has its fair share of critics. Many people find Brutalist buildings cold and ugly. However there does seem to be some re-evaluation of Brutalism going on in architectural criticism. For example, in Britain there have been campaigns to save and conserve examples of Brutalist architecture.

Thanks to the work of Artstreetecture and Google Maps Street View you can view Brutalist buildings from around the world and make up your own mind about whether these buildings deserve saving or whether they deserve the wrecking-ball.

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