Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston
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As a worldwide phenomenon, building with concrete represents one of the major architectural movements of the postwar years, but in Boston it was deployed in more numerous and diverse civic, cultural, and academic projects than in any other major U.S. city. After decades of stagnation and corrupt leadership, public investment in Boston in the 1960s and 70s catalyzed enormous growth, resulting in a generation of bold buildings that shared a vocabulary of concrete modernism. What emerged was a vision for the city’s widespread revitalization often referred to as the “New Boston.” Often problematically labeled as “Brutalist” architecture, the concrete buildings that transformed Boston during this time were conceived with progressive-minded intentions by some of the world’s most influential designers: Breuer, Le Corbusier, Pei, Cobb, Rudolph, Sert, and The Architects Collaborative. The product of 8 years of research, this book features hundreds of images; essays by renowned historians; and interviews the architects themselves.
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