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Concrete Brutalism

August 2008

My colleagues Tim and Matt rabbit on about modern Christchurch architecture. Lots of concrete squares and triangles.

Fraser commented:

Those guys actually like those buildings? Those cruel, white buildings that make me feel sad and empty? Excuse me, I need to go look at pictures of Lyttelton cottages now.

kelly commented:

Aaah gah! I'm with Fraser on that one. blarg.

Tim commented:

I'm with Fraser and Kelly.

Matt commented:

I'm with Fraser, Kelly & Tim - those houses are really white. Giant Aryan mausoleums with electric underfloor heating and spacious guest accommodation.

Christina commented:

I like some colour and character in my homes. And preferably ones with less... angly potential leaky homeness. Mmm yeah. Having said that I do like the Gothic-style buildings in town (I know I know, they're horrible to heat).

Tim commented:

I'm with Fraser, Kelly and now Christina.

KT commented:

True, although the cool-yet-not-overly-wanky-ness of the guys' comments kinda makes up for it. I think.

Matt commented:

Also, I must point out that there are now a lot more pleasant brown and wooden type houses on the site.

Christina commented:

Just thought of a really bizarre concept: usability testing for houses :D

kelly commented:

Not that bizarre. Lots of people are working on it and there are lots of debates happening around usability testing for housing.