Last summer while we were in Vermont I drove an hour and a half north to Montreal to visit some friends while Rob taught. I'd only been to Montreal once when I was on tour with a friend's band - it was for just a night and in the middle of January, so it felt like it was time to see it with fresh eyes.

One of my favorite landmarks was Habitat 76 - the epic Brutalist housing compound designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. This is an interesting example of Brutalist architecture. Brutalist architecture can feel somber to most - as it should - some say that Brutalism was a response to the lighter attitudes of earlier architects. At its best, I see some of the geometries in the structures as playful. 

In honor of Brutalism, here are a few of my serious (and playful) favorites. (Links on our Pinterest page)

- Karie