At first, Feminism may seem the complete antithesis of Brutalism, and incompatible when combined. It was from this assumption as well as the unusual pairing that intrigued me most. By positioning the two as binaural-opposites, I wanted to explore the unsettling friction created by the comparison and discover 'femininity' void of its ornate and authentic ties.

 

Inspired by the book 'Women in a Man-made Environment' where women of the 50's are described as "homeward bound" due to their incredibly localised existences. The following images play on this idea in an attempt to visualise what 'Feminised Brutalism' is.

 

Rather than opting for cliched stereotypes of 'Femininity', like the addition of frivolous decorations or using pink, I decided to 'feminize' these Brutalist builds in a way that reflects its own philosophy: raw, unforgiving and real. 

 

Using cut-outs of 'the ideal 50’s housewife' and perspective, each is positioned in and around 'The Barbican'. Similar to 'The Smithson's' collages of Brutalist architecture overwhelmed by ‘human presence’, these are solely overwhelmed by 'Her's'.

 

With a bit of tongue and cheek, these ladies don their space by subverting the roles, behaviour, and identity prescribed to them by an authority other than their own: the built environment, social constructs and 'man'.

 

 

 

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2017

 

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