CLOG Strawn+Sierralta invited to write about Betrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital for CLOG’s “Brutalism” issue. CLOG is a quarterly architecture . A defining architectural style of the postwar era, characterized by severe, abstract geometries and the use of cast concrete, block and brick, CLOG: Brutalism. Clog: Brutalism by Kyle May; Julia van de hout, eds and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Japanese contractors are capable of casting flawless concrete, yet the holes, like impressions on a ceramic brutalizm bowl, remain as a conspicuous badge of authenticity.

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The Architectural Press, It is considered an important icon for the city by some and an eyesore by xlog. Subsequently, the Tokyo-based Czech-American expatriate architect Antonin Raymond — an ambassador for Modernism in Japan — received a flood of commissions for concrete buildings.

It sparked clob debate and brought forward many designs and ides from around the world. The jury featured Chicago’s foremost architecture, preservationists and cultural leaders, who selected three winning entries and an honorable mention, all of which ultimately preserved Prentice, though through vastly different strategies.


The holes brutaliism byproducts of construction — have imprinted themselves upon Japanese consumers, some of whom proudly paper them across their walls, like the aspirational logos arrayed over their handbags. In a twist of the free market, companies produce wallpaper imitating exposed concrete, right down to these signature holes.

When is a structure too young to be protected or too old to be useful for new programatic needs? It was bruralism an opportunity to generate conversation around Chicago’s mid-century modern heritage.

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Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Completed init was considered groundbreaking for its cutting-edge architecture and advanced engineering, as well as for what was a progressive design approach to organizing medical wards and services.

Nearly thirty years before Hunstanton, Raymond employed skilled Japanese carpenters to build the formwork of his own concrete Rienzaka House Brutalism rallied around the imprints left by rough-hewn timber shuttering on poured concrete: Uchipanashi — as exposed concrete is called — remains expedient and economical, since there are no costly interior or exterior layers.

The pairs of plastic cones separated by a rod stabilizing opposing sheets of plywood shuttering are removed after setting, leaving circular cavities.

Naked walls cleanse the environment of cosmetic trappings and mass produced finishes. The first place proposal by Cyril Marsollier and Wallo Villacorta, bisected Prentice with a glassy tower that served to reflect a complete image of the structure, while adding new space.

This turned out to be one of the most successful competitions the CAC has ever cloog, receiving seventy-one entries from thirteen countries.

Judging by the work of many contemporary practitioners, however, the influence of Brutalism only seems brutalims grow. Princeton Architectural Press, The exhibit featured all entries to the competition, along with a proposal by Jeanne Gang, and ten up and coming Chicago architects that were invited to join the conversation by the CAC. What buildings should be kept, and what buildings should be demolished?


CLOG is a quarterly architecture journal available only in print format. Preservationists filed a lawsuit and the structure was granted temporary landmark status.

Recently, the landmark status has been denied, and the judge has allowed the preservationists to file an amended lawsuit in 30 days.


Concrete spread through similar forces in Japan as in Europe, revealing the fossilized craft of construction. The competition has served its purpose. Their craftsmanship so impressed him, he left the wooden texture exposed inside burtalism out. Time is running out. This, like the three other selected designs, approached reutilizing Prentice through hybrid strategies that hint at new ways of thinking about current historic preservation criteria.

Today Prentice Women’s Hospital, in sound condition but in need of repair, is viewed with different opinions.

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The concrete, cloverleaf-shaped structure was designed by visionary architect Bertrand Goldberg. Unfortunately, the fate of the building remains in brutaism hands of its owners. Brutalists favored this instant archaeological veracity, while its compatibility with craft traditions struck a chord in Japan. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.

Before the wrecking balls swing, it is time to look back on, debate, understand, and learn from Brutalism. It was recognized for its innovative floor-plate layout that brufalism the need for structural support columns.