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  • 1 Modern – Brutalism

    Influenced by the post-Second World War designs of Le Corbusier, this style takes its name from the term Béton Brut, or raw concrete, by which the markings of the exposed formwork remain evident on the final finish. The term later came to include the rusticated concrete masonry as seen in the work of Paul Rudolph. Brutalist architecture is very striking in its form, and often employs repetitive angular geometries. Brutalism was a popular style for institutional buildings in Ontario, as its period corresponded with the reinvestment in public infrastructure, high density housing and the boom in colleges and universities that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. Brutalism is relatively uncommon in Ontario’s religious building stock, though Brutalism’s trademark use of rough concrete is incorporated into many modern religious buildings.

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