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Steven Holl’s Bloch Building

THE HIGHEST ART in architecture today is the building of homes for art. Museums are currently where we see design with clarity, making us conscious of where we are. Here not only is the act of building usually sufficiently liberated from economic constraints, but both aesthetics and community lie at the core of its purpose. This is the dream of architecture: to be more than a technical enterprise and to become a cultural endeavor central to society. Luckily, then, we are experiencing a boom in the construction of new museums and museum additions around the world; it would not be too much of an overstatement to say that the resurgence of attention to architecture in the press (if not in serious cultural debate) is the direct result of the many museums that have been constructed in the past few years. One might also speculate on the relation between this trend and the strong focus on

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