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The Prospect Podcast #87: Understanding the ugly building, with Timothy Hyde

By Prospect Team  

From London’s many skyscrapers to the wars over brutalism, many of us know what it’s like to either complain about an unsightly building. But these conversations hardly ever go beyond an initial judgment to consider what such ‘ugliness’ can tell us about ourselves. 

We talk to MIT architectural historian Timothy Hyde about his new book, Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye. Our strong reactions to ugly buildings, he notes, can indeed tell us a lot about our own social worlds. 

Plus: Tom Clark and Stephanie Boland on the ideology of the modern building.

Find all episodes of the Prospect podcast here

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