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    modernism and brutalism that I've grown increasingly interested in is church architecture.  there must've been a spate of church building that coincided with those movements, cuz there are gazillions of really interesting modernist and brutalist churches sitting the landscape.  I've got mixed feelings about modernism for government and office buildings, but its always seemed to work pretty well for regular churches.

    •  The reason is obvious... (0+ / 0-)

      most of us can't wait to get the hell out of church anyways!  >-)

      But really, and more seriously, the raw concrete is quite appropriate to the aescetic aspirations of a religious expereince.  A place of worship doesn't have to be comfortable, in fact it probably works better if it's not.  Regardless, we practice faith as a way to get in touch with our souls, and find ultimate truths.  This is precisely the same goal that good architecture should aspire to. Brutalism is a perfect fit then for a church.

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