Brutalism: From cool to crude and back again - CNN.com
Chadwick argues that Rem Koolhaas' De Rotterdam is another example of contemporary architecture riffing on aesthetics more than half a century old. In essence, he says a Brutalist building is one "avoiding unnecessary details... with a strong form and a lot of straight lines and faceless facades... It's bold, it's domineering; it's an indication that it's aesthetically different with it's surroundings."
Contemporary refurbishment of a traditional Portuguese town house by Estudio ODS