Molly Iker-Johnson- Brutally Modern


Southern California is famous for its constantly evolving built environment. Due to this culture of change, there is a widespread belief that there are no historic buildings in the area. When presented with evidence to the contrary, many argue that historic buildings are ugly, and should be demolished. Explaining the merits of historic preservation, especially in reference to structures constructed in the recent past or designed in controversial architectural styles, can feel futile. Buildings in the Brutalist and Late Modern styles, which were popular between 1960 and 1980, are particularly unappreciated (and often, unnoticed). This project highlights the beauty of prominent Brutalist and Late Modern buildings from San Diego to Sherman Oaks, constructed between 1960 and 1980. When examined in detail, the exceptional design and engineering of these buildings comes to light.

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