CLOG Strawn+Sierralta invited to write about Betrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital for CLOG’s “Brutalism” issue. CLOG is a quarterly architecture . A defining architectural style of the postwar era, characterized by severe, abstract geometries and the use of cast concrete, block and brick, CLOG: Brutalism. Clog: Brutalism by Kyle May; Julia van de hout, eds and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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It was also an opportunity to generate conversation around Chicago’s mid-century modern heritage. Concrete spread through similar forces in Japan as in Europe, revealing the fossilized craft of construction. It is considered an important icon for the city by some and an eyesore by cllg. Recently, the landmark status has been denied, and the judge has allowed the preservationists to file an amended lawsuit in 30 days.

Uchipanashi — as exposed concrete is called — remains expedient and economical, since there are no costly interior or exterior layers. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Princeton Architectural Press, When is a structure too young to be protected or too old to be useful for new programatic needs? Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.

In a twist of the free market, companies produce wallpaper imitating exposed concrete, right down to these signature holes. This turned out brutallism be one of the most successful competitions the CAC has ever held, receiving seventy-one entries from thirteen countries.


Their craftsmanship so impressed him, he left the wooden texture exposed inside and out. Brtalism competition has served its purpose. The concrete, cloverleaf-shaped structure was designed by visionary architect Bertrand Goldberg. The curvaceous layout brutaalism for direct sight-lines and easy access between mother and healthcare provider at a time when a more “closed-door” approach was the norm.

The holes — byproducts of construction — have imprinted themselves upon Japanese consumers, some of whom proudly paper them across their walls, like the aspirational logos arrayed over their handbags. The jury featured Chicago’s foremost architecture, preservationists and cultural leaders, who selected three winning entries and an honorable mention, all of which ultimately preserved Prentice, though through vastly different strategies.

The first place proposal by Cyril Marsollier and Wallo Villacorta, bisected Prentice with a glassy tower that served to reflect a complete image of the structure, while adding new space.


The pairs of plastic cones separated by a rod stabilizing opposing sheets of plywood shuttering are removed after setting, leaving circular cavities. Naked walls cleanse the environment of cosmetic trappings and mass produced finishes. The building is owned by Northwestern University, who is planning to tear it down to build a bruralism state of the art medical facility.

What buildings should be kept, and what buildings should be demolished? Brutalists favored this instant archaeological veracity, while its compatibility with craft traditions struck a chord in Brutalisj.

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It sparked public debate and brought forward many designs and ides from around the world. Brutalism rallied around the imprints left by rough-hewn timber cpog on poured concrete: Time is running out. Subsequently, the Tokyo-based Czech-American expatriate architect Antonin Raymond — an ambassador for Modernism in Japan — received a flood of commissions for concrete buildings.


Judging by the work of many contemporary practitioners, however, the influence of Brutalism only seems to grow.

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Completed init was considered groundbreaking for its cutting-edge architecture and advanced engineering, as well as for what was a progressive design approach to organizing medical wards and services. The exhibit featured all entries to the competition, along with a proposal by Jeanne Gang, and ten up and coming Chicago architects that were invited to join the conversation by the CAC.

Before the wrecking balls swing, it is time to look back on, debate, understand, and learn from Brutalism. Japanese contractors are capable of casting flawless concrete, yet the holes, like impressions on a ceramic tea bowl, remain as a conspicuous badge of authenticity.

Today Brutalisj Women’s Hospital, in sound condition but in need of repair, is viewed with different opinions. CLOG bbrutalism a quarterly architecture journal available only in print format. Unfortunately, the fate of the building remains in the hands of its owners. The Architectural Press, Preservationists filed a lawsuit and the structure was granted temporary landmark status. Nearly thirty years before Hunstanton, Raymond employed skilled Japanese carpenters to build the formwork of his own concrete Rienzaka House