Brutal treatment of brutalist architecture—Robin Hood Gardens to be demolished

Brutalist architecture has its share of detractors, but a renewed push for the preservation of mid-century Modern architecture has helped lead to a resurgence in interest amongst architects, architectural historians and other concerned citizens. Recently, attempts to “upgrade” the brutalist-styled subway stations in Washington, DC (pictured) by painting the raw concrete surfaces white led to a sustained uproar. In Poplar, an East London neighborhood, a 1960s brutalist-style housing complex was the subject of a preservation campaign beginning in 2008, but to no avail. A redevelopment plan approved in 2012 calls for its demolition. See the property through this dramatic drone footage.


Drone footage captures brutalist Robin Hood Gardens ahead of imminent demolition

By Jessica Mairs


June 15, 2017