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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Subsequently, the Tokyo-based Czech-American expatriate architect Antonin Raymond — brutalusm ambassador for Modernism in Japan — received a flood of commissions for concrete buildings.

Nearly thirty years before Hunstanton, Raymond employed skilled Japanese carpenters to build the formwork of his own concrete Rienzaka House CLOG is a quarterly architecture journal available only in print format. Uchipanashi — as exposed concrete is called — remains expedient and economical, since there are no costly interior or exterior layers.

Brutalists favored this instant archaeological veracity, while its compatibility with craft traditions struck a chord in Japan. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now.

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.

What buildings should be kept, and what buildings should be demolished? 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. Today Prentice Women’s Hospital, in sound condition but in need of repair, is viewed with different opinions.


The concrete, cloverleaf-shaped structure was designed by visionary architect Bertrand Goldberg. This brutaliam out to be one of the most successful competitions the CAC has ever held, receiving seventy-one entries from thirteen countries. 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.

Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of brutallism screen. Concrete spread through similar forces in Japan as in Europe, revealing the fossilized craft of construction. Before the wrecking balls swing, it is time to look back on, debate, understand, and learn from Brutalism. Naked walls cleanse the environment of cosmetic trappings and mass produced finishes.

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The holes — byproducts of construction — have imprinted themselves upon Japanese consumers, some of whom proudly paper bbrutalism across their walls, like the aspirational logos arrayed over their handbags. When is a brutalsm too young to be protected or too old to be useful for new programatic needs? Unfortunately, the fate of the building remains in the hands of its owners. Princeton Architectural Press, The pairs of plastic cones separated by a rod stabilizing opposing sheets of plywood shuttering are removed after setting, leaving circular cavities.

Brutalism rallied around the imprints left by rough-hewn timber shuttering on poured concrete: The Architectural Press, It was recognized for its innovative floor-plate layout that eliminated the need for structural support columns.

Vlog sparked public debate and brought forward many designs and ides from around the world. Preservationists filed a lawsuit and the structure was granted temporary landmark status. Judging by the work of many contemporary practitioners, however, the influence of Brutallism only seems to grow.


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

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

A defining architectural style of the postwar era.

In a twist of the free market, companies produce wallpaper imitating exposed concrete, right down to these signature holes. The curvaceous layout allowed for direct sight-lines and easy access between mother and healthcare provider at a time when a more “closed-door” brutlaism was the norm.

It was also an opportunity to generate conversation around Chicago’s mid-century modern heritage. It is considered an important icon for the city by some and an eyesore by others.

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. Their craftsmanship so impressed him, he left the wooden texture exposed inside and out. Time is running out.

The building is owned by Northwestern University, who is planning to tear it down to build a new state of the art medical facility.

The competition has served its purpose.