An Ugly Beauty references the Brutalist tradition found within architecture with its use of concrete as a quick, economical and robust form of construction. Favoured in post war years it quickly came to define social housing, public and municipal buildings creating an urban landscape that was often seen as harsh and unforgiving. However, the movement also allowed for bold expression as seen in the work of architects such as Le Corbusier and Erno Goldfinger who embraced the honest, rigid, permanent qualities of the building material.