I recently read this great article over on Design Assembly about brutalist/70's/modernist/ugly architecture. It seems very hit and miss to me as to whether this type of building works- as the article says the Southbank Centre and Hayward etc. was criticised to fuck but now with a revamp- it's one of my favourite buildings in London. And again Trellick Tower round the corner from Portabello Road Markets is stunning to look at but I'm not sure I'd want to live there- not so however with the Barbican buildings- I love them, it feels like a hidden architectural paradise in the middle of the city; it's so quite especially if you go to the sort of little green house part- they have fish and tropical plants and it's a great place to eat your lunch. Read the article, see the pictures.