SOS Brutalism is a distress signal

For the first time, the brutalist architecture of the 1950s to 1970s is shown in a worldwide overview.

Brutalist architecture celebrates the raw, the bare construction – and is acclaimed on Facebook & Social Media. The expressive buildings were created in an experimental time, full of social upheaval. But many see these buildings as concrete monsters. Today, many of these always-controversial buildings are in danger of demolition or, at least, of reconstruction that often may change their appearance beyond recognition.

In recent years, an initiative to protect and preserve this significant global heritage of 20th-century architecture has gained momentum. The rescue campaign, #SOSBrutalism is being used by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfrt on the Main and the Wüstenrot Foundation, and they have developed a vast collaborative research project.

This book accompanies the exhibition at the Deutsche Architeckturmusem in Frankfurt, a collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation.