Brutalism Softened

One of the Juneau Village Towers apartment buildings, photographed in the soft haze of our misty “wintry mix” today.

With their Brutalist looks, the towers of this apartment complex have always reminded me of the old Soviet Bloc style housing. Ugly, utilitarian, and possibly even slightly menacing. But the mist hanging over downtown Milwaukee today softens the concrete structure’s hard edges.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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9 Responses to Brutalism Softened

  1. Alien Resort says:

    As long as the elevator doesn’t go out.

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  2. paulrwaibel says:

    Yes. Describing them as conjuring up images of “Soviet Bloc style housing” and “[u]gly, utilitarian, and possibly even slightly menacing” is very accurate, at least in my opinion. I’d hate to have to live in one of those buildings.

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    • Same here, although I feel guilty casting aspersions on buildings that surely are still housing people even today. Of course, that’s me projecting my Midwestern American sensibilities onto the situation. Maybe if I had a different value system (like, if I became a communist?), I’d see something I’m missing now.


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  4. I love the contrast of the tree and the bench as well. Just such an interesting picture.

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