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 Post subject: Brutalist Brisbane
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2012, 01:25 
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I am certainly not a fan of Brisbane's prevailing brutalist character, but this article puts forward a decent case for preserving it ...

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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/protecting-brisbanes-brutal-charm-20120611-205d4.html
Protecting Brisbane's brutal charm
June 12, 2012 - 3:00AM

The heritage values intended to protect the Old State Library on William Street should extend to the brutalist concrete government buildings at the heart of Premier Campbell Newman's controversial parliamentary precinct plan, a top Queensland architect says.

Award winning architect Don Watson, who has worked with the Queensland government and is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland, believes towers such as George Street's Public Works office should not be demolished simply because they're popularly “unattractive”.

“These buildings are part of a story,” Mr Watson told brisbanetimes.com.au.

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 Post subject: Re: Brutalist Brisbane
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2012, 11:56 
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I agree that we shouldn't be in a hurry to knock down all the brutalist buildings in any of our cities. It's a bit of a crisi point for them at the moment as many are reaching the end of their 'useful' life and the style is just old enough to read as dated rather than historical.

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 Post subject: Re: Brutalist Brisbane
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Could knock down all brutalist buildings and replace them, and you wouldn't lose any of the traits being espoused in the article, however once you knock one, what would e there for us not to knock down everything that followed it as time goes, and then we may start to lose it. I don't know. Not sure if I would heritage list any of it myself. Interesting to think about what should be the requirements for heritage listing. But then to what extent does heritage listing work anyway. It doesn't necessarily guarantee that all or any of the building will survive.
I also would say I would not want to see any of these, popularly found, ugly buildings protected ahead of better looking buildings being neglected from listing. But then what is "ugly" and "good looking/beautiful" is very subjective.

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 Post subject: Re: Brutalist Brisbane
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It appears that not everyone thinks that Australian Brutalist buildings are ugly. See:
http://www.whitehat.com.au/Australia/Architecture/Brutalist.asp


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 Post subject: Re: Brutalist Brisbane
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2012, 19:37 
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One example of brutalist architecture being saved in each capital city is probably sufficient in my opinion, if only as a lesson on how not to design a building. Ask the general public who know nothing of architecture but know what they like, hey that's me, I doubt many would want to save brutalist buildings. Show them a Victorian,
Federation or Art Deco building and they will cry out to save it.

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 Post subject: Re: Brutalist Brisbane
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^^^ Not necessarily! I remember trying to rally support for Lonsdale House and at least a third of the general public if not more told me it was ugly and rubbish or similar. My personal feeling is that we should try to preserve any significant piece of architecture (though there is another thing that needs defining) unless there are really strong reasons not to, that it has become useless and can't be usefully adapted, if it is really badly damaged etc.

Also by architecture I don't mean all buildings by any stretch of the imagination.

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