New Program: "Brut Bites": What's Behind the Architecture

During four Mondays in April 2021 UMass Brut partnered with the Amherst Historical Society and Museum, the Jones Library and the UMass Public History Program to present talks on the history of the campus and its Brutalist architecture.  The talks engaged over 100 participants and will become part of an oral history project recording memories, opinions, and reflections about the modernist buildings on campus.


These dynamic presentations can be seen on Amherst Media’s Channel 12, starting Saturday, August 14th.


Poster for the Brut Bites event


“Brutalism” describes the progressive, dynamic architecture favored internationally from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s which gave form to truthfulness using raw concrete and other textured materials. Architects from around the world employed this dramatic vocabulary to express the ambitious programs of socially progressive civic and educational institutions


A UMass Amherst and UMass Dartmouth collaborative advocacy group of faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to celebrating, preserving and reimagining their campuses’ Brutalist architecture.


A kick-off year long campaign will take place over the course of 2020-2021. The main event will be a two-day symposium entitled Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present and Future to be held at UMass Amherst on Friday, October 22nd and at UMass Dartmouth Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. 


The goal of the symposium is to create a dynamic, cross-disciplinary conversation among all participants on how we may conserve and provide stewardship of our buildings for the future.