The world’s ugliest buildings are being destroyed

It’s doomsday for some of the world’s most identifiable Brutalist structures, products of a unique architectural movement defined by thick, exposed concrete and unapologetically harsh angles that flourished in the middle part of the 20th century. Considering how unique they are – and how unlikely it is that Brutalism will make a comeback any time soon – there’s an argument to be made that preservation should be a priority. Those efforts have largely failed so far: take Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, for instance, which was recently demolished after years of fighting to make way for a more modern replacement. The Awl‘s Anthony Paletta takes a look at the untimely ends of these monuments to ugliness and the efforts to preserve what’s…

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