The value of ugliness: Timothy Hyde on the Southbank Centre

Timothy Hyde (associate professor of architecture) has published his essay “Piles, Puddles, and Other Architectural Irritants” in the current issue of the journal Log. The latest in a long sequence of proposed ideas for the renovation of the Southbank Centre in London has just been presented to the public. Hyde examines this persistent desire to “fix” the brutalist icon in order to speculate on the possible significance of ugliness for a metropolitan audience.