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In the end it comes down to brutalism – still the most reviled mode of building in Britain. No other form or style has so much common-sense opprobrium launched its way, frequently over something so simple as a dislike of fair-faced concrete (which is rather like saying all string quartets are rubbish because we don't like the viola). Ever since the tide turned against the style in the 1970s, it has been a commonplace that brutalism is inhumane, monstrous, carbuncular; it is the subject of innumerable attacks as predictably banal as they are convinced of their own startling originality.

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