I'm not a big fan of brutalist architecture for reasons that I hope I'll have the chance to articulate at some point down the road. Nevertheless, I think this project - a map of significant concrete brutalist buildings in Chicago - is a laudable one. Check it out here.
(photo © Jason Woods for Blue Crow Media)
I'm on this week's TAC bookshelf, alongside Daniel Larison and Gracy Olmstead, here.
Small Pilgrim Places:
"Each place fulfils its purpose of making space, keeping silence, encouraging solitude, and providing simple focus points in its own way.
They have a respected identity of their own, unique and singular - with their own history, character and atmosphere, communicating something of the ‘eternal now’, while also bringing the past into the present day and pointing towards the future.
Some might describe them as holy or sacred. Celts sometimes described them as ‘thin’ places, others as liminal – ‘in-between’ ‘thresholds’ on the edge of mystery.
They should have the potential to gently nudge tourists with glazed looks into becoming pilgrims with gently focused eyes.
Who are they for?
[Photo: The Holy Well, Burton Dassett]