Operation Concrete

BRUTALIST STORIES

Buzludzha Monument

Short sci-fi stories in 500 words or less deriving from the stark style of the functionalist architecture, that is characterised by the use of concrete. Brutalism is one of my favourite things in the world, I love the architectural form and everything it stands for, from functionality to, well, brutalism. It comes from the French term 'béton brut' and literally means 'exposed concrete' and I've been fascinated by it for years, decades perhaps. These buildings, this style of architecture, it makes me think in a certain way, they're science fiction brought into reality, and they're - for me at least - a real place for meditation on the soul and existence. For this reason I thought they would be perfect for short stories, often existential in nature, exploring deep emotion and the question 'why?!'. For each story I sit down and look through one of the books I have on Brutalism and pick a building, site, area, monument, and then write a story into that particular place and it almost always works. I pick out a piece of music that is fitting and that I've often been listening to whilst writing it, and then there's the story. Some of my favourites in the series so far are:

Brutalist stories #7: and I still feel you...

Building inspiration: St. Agnes Church (Berlin)

Brutalist Stories #15: Kurtz' Last Disciple

Concrete Brutal Axial

Brutalist Stories #17: The Deacon

Congresso Nacional del Brasil