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The Hard and the Brut: a journey through Parisian Brutalism

hidden stores of the picturesque

Nigel Green and Robin Wilson,  Photolanguage : two covers of the imaginary French architectural journal,  La Revue Générale Brutaliste , prepared for exhibition at the Institute Français, London, in May 2017. The designs for the covers were based on the evolution of the graphic design of historic examples of architectural journals, such as  L’Architecture D’Aujourd’hui . Of the ten covers made for this exhibition, below, two, such as the one above on the right, featured anonymous found objects and  brut  gardens, incorporating fallen, discarded and neglected urban spaces as part of an official legacy of the Brutalist canon.  Edition titles and editorial notes open the presentation of architectural brutalism to indeterminate, speculative modes of expression, registering contingent urban details and events of a  brut  character, including graffiti, signage and the comments and exhortations of people encountered at each site.

Nigel Green and Robin Wilson, Photolanguage: two covers of the imaginary French architectural journal, La Revue Générale Brutaliste, prepared for exhibition at the Institute Français, London, in May 2017. The designs for the covers were based on the evolution of the graphic design of historic examples of architectural journals, such as L’Architecture D’Aujourd’hui. Of the ten covers made for this exhibition, below, two, such as the one above on the right, featured anonymous found objects and brut gardens, incorporating fallen, discarded and neglected urban spaces as part of an official legacy of the Brutalist canon.

Edition titles and editorial notes open the presentation of architectural brutalism to indeterminate, speculative modes of expression, registering contingent urban details and events of a brut character, including graffiti, signage and the comments and exhortations of people encountered at each site.

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Robin Wilson is a critic, curator and lecturer in history and theory at the Barlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is the author of Image, Text, Architecture: the Utopics of the Architectural Media (Routledge, 2015).

Nigel Green is a photographer, artist and lecturer. His published projects include Dungeness (Photoworks 2003) and Reconstruction (Diaphane 2010). www.nigelgreen.info

Photolanguage (Nigel Green and Robin Wilson) is a collaborative art practice documenting and re-imagining the legacies of modernity in urban and other sites.

for further projects, start here: http://photolanguage.info/