Brutalism in Paris through images of more than 50 buildings

Robin Wilson and Nigel Green tell the story of Parisian Brutalism through photographs of architectures and urban spaces.

The book Brutalist Paris, published by Blue Crow Media, combines photographs and essays narrating the Parisian brutalist scene between details and urban visions. The collection of black and white shots is the result of various trips by photographer Nigel Green and Robin Wilson, critic and professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Through their observations, it is possible to grasp the brutalist work within the broader socio-cultural landscape of the French capital, so that the successes and failures can be noticed, of a style that combined monumentalism and architectural finesse.

The book is a visual story, recording the shapes and nuances of a Paris built between the center and the suburbs through more than 50 buildings. Among the many projects portrayed, we can find the photographs of the pure forms of the Communist Party headquarters by Oscar Niemeyer (1968-80), the organic expressiveness of Les Choux de Créteil by Gérard Grandval (1974), or, again, the Maison du Brésil , born from the collaboration between Le Corbusier and Brazilian architect Lucio Costa.

Alongside these architectures, the photographs also restore and narrate the brutalism of mass housing, as in the case of the ZUS (Zone Urbaine Sensible) and the Grand Ensembles or the concrete cluster designed by Renée Gailhoustet and Jean Renaudie in Ivry-sur-Seine (1968-87).

A collection, a study, a black-and-white visual journey, Brutalist Paris is a story of architecture and, even more, a photograph of projects constituting a fundamental component within the imaginary of the French capital.

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