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I drove by there on Thursday night before the concert (yeeesh, why bother with contemporary crap, especially for that crowd), and Ive never been happier to see rubble on the ground.  Plus there were various upright structures already in place

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Wow, we have more snow in Lakewood than you have in UC!


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Sooo ... Crews have been on site everyday since the demolition.  Is it safe to safe MOCA is underconstruction?  They only seem to be site prepping though, so there is my confusion.

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MOCA will be having an offical ground breaking.  From their website:

 

The MOCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with construction of an iconic building that The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt said "should easily establish itself as one of the most important in the city's history." Groundbreaking will take place this February.

 

Located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road, the new MOCA is a flagship project of Cleveland’s emerging Uptown district, a major urban-revitalization project undertaken by Case Western Reserve University; developer MRN, Ltd.; and other institutions in the University Circle neighborhood. The Museum will serve as a catalyst for creativity and growth in the area—which is home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of cultural, educational, and medical institutions—with greatly expanded educational and public programs, as well as imaginative collaborations with neighboring organizations and cultural partners.

 

http://mocacleveland.org/newbuilding.php

 

 

 

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<A Href="http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/01/26/rem-koolhaass-architectural-progeny/?KEYWORDS=Cleveland"> Rem Koolhaas’s Architectural Progeny </A>

 

The architect Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) are the forces behind some of the most striking structures built in recent years, including the Seattle Central Library and the CCTV headquarters, in Beijing.

 

But dozens of architects who were trained at or otherwise passed through Koolhaas’s firm are now spread across the world and beginning to make their mark, observes Metropolis. The magazine dubs them Baby Rems.

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, for example, is moving ahead with construction of a striking new building, which features triangular facades that, from certain angles, allow luminescent peeks at the museum’s interior. It’s the handiwork of Foreign Office Architects (FOA), an OMA offshoot.

 

 

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Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland breaks ground for its new home

 

"The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland today gets a start on its future by breaking ground for a striking new home in the Uptown District of the University Circle neighborhood.

 

The $26.7 million building, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Mayfield Road, is scheduled to open to the public in fall 2012. It's a 34,000-square-foot structure that will provide MOCA Cleveland with a permanent home for the first time in its 42-year history."

 

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20110208/BLOGS03/110209864

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I guess they "broke ground" inside the CIA:

 

Supporters break "ground" for the new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland at Uptown in University Circle

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is going back home, so to speak.

Trustees and supporters of the 43-year-old institution grabbed shiny shovels and tossed a mound of blue crepe paper and confetti Tuesday in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new, $26.7 million building in University Circle, just steps away from where the museum was founded in a tiny storefront in 1968.

 

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/02/supporters_break_ground_for_th.html

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For me, this is more like a wait and see.  I am not sold on the renderings for this as I think it may ba a little to "off the wall" for this intersection.  On the other hand, I do like to forward thinking with the design and the willingness to get out of the box.  I may be presently suprised in the end. 

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There were about 8=10 workers on site today with materials and equipment.  This site, right in between the busy Uptown construction and the UH Siedman Center, creates is creating an enormous buzz right now.

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The new MOCA was featured in the local Cleveland Business Connects Magazine:

 

Merging Contemporary Art With Cleveland Culture

By Alysse Dalessandro | Photo by Bradley Hart

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland has been around for more than 40 years, but finding it has not been easy. The museum’s current home is a 23,000-square-foot loft above the Cleveland Play House complex on Euclid Avenue. According to MOCA Executive Director Jill Snyder, visitors pass through three closed doors to access their current space, and there is no street-level access. But MOCA’s forthcoming new facility is designed not only to expose people to contemporary art but also to mesh with the city’s growing number of cultural institutions.

 

A new location for the museum was first discussed in 1999, when the MOCA board of directors met with a consultant to identify a focus area. According to Snyder, it was then that they began targeting space in University Circle. Construction on the building, located near the intersection of Euclid and Mayfield, began in February and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012.

 

“We bookend one end of the block, and at the other end is Cleveland Institute of Art,” Snyder says. “It’s an amazing transformation of this two-block area to become what we hope will be a very lively pedestrian area with culture.”

 

http://cbcmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=248&Itemid=82

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Well, now we know where the elevators will be located! :)


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