Raw Concrete

Raw Concrete

The Beauty of Brutalism



Beginning in a tiny hermitage on the remote north Scottish coast, and ending up backstage at the National Theatre, Raw Concrete embarks on a wide-ranging journey through Britain over the past sixty years, stopping to examine how eight extraordinary buildings were made - from commission to construction - why they have been so vilified, and why they are beginning to be loved.


  • Part history, part aesthetic autobiography, wholly engaging and liable to convince those procrastinators sitting (uncomfortably) on the concrete fence.
    Jonathan Meades

About the author

Barnabas Calder

Barnabas Calder is a historian of architecture specialising in British architecture since 1945. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool where he researches the relationship between architecture and energy throughout human history. His most recent book, Architecture: From Prehistory to Climate Emergency, was published in 2021.

Twitter and Instagram: @BarnabasCalder
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