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Behold the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland, Ohio, designed by Iranian-born, London-based, Farshid Moussavi. Yet another borg building? Why, of course. That is how museums of the newest art” must be designed, as decreed by the hive-mind of the High Culture insiders.  They must be entirely and absolutely unoriginal! They must conform to the ideology of the cutting edge, meaning they must be baffling, disorienting, devoid of semiotic content — besides a sinister suggestion that unwholesome things are contained within. Moussavi says of his building: Moussavi says of his building:  “Our design for MOCA Cleveland aims to provide an ideal environment for artists and visitors and to foster creativity and variety in exhibitions and programs.” I dare anyone to be offended by that! The slanty windows are a cute touch. And you’ve got to love that little mouse-hole door. The slanty windows are a cute touch. And you’ve got to love that little mouse-hole door. Oh, get a load of the interior, below: the stuff of sci-fi nightmares. MC Escher Meets The Day the Earth Stood Still. No humans to ruin the picture, either.

Thanks to Hoyt King for the nomination

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. Architectural Observer June 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

    Yet another building which already looks very dated. It’s not going to age well, either. There is a 3 minute video on YouTube showing this place being built in a disjointed time-lapse style. With an annoying musical soundtrack which is as meaningless as the structure itself:

    youtube.com/channel/UCdkLP1n09OMp0vTMW8Z78mw

  2. bymitch June 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Form follows function, literally.
    A high art looking thing to house some high art.
    Same concept as those donut and hotdog stands that look like donuts and hotdogs.
    Got me all inspired now to design that new proctology clinic.
    Watch this space.

  3. Jim McCaffery June 8, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    That interior photo looks like a still from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

  4. My Point of View June 8, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

    Looks like a piss poor imitation of an IHOP eatery.

  5. jayrome June 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    Ooooo! Shiney object. Hummm. . .must not be very much Contemporary Art going on in Cleveland.

  6. AKlein July 2, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Ah, all you naysayers just don’t have any couth. This is ART, baby! Of course you don’t understand; Your lack of understanding just underscores the fact that you’re simply not one of the cognoscenti. I, however, am able to grasp its innate creativity and bask in its aura of prescient modernity (whatever that means – seems impressive, no?)

  7. Zoltar July 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    One might have hoped that the architect would not be unaware that, inherent in the concept of displaying art, is the desirability of having vertical surfaces upon which to hang things.
    I suppose I must be a Philistine to raise the point at all.

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