2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Kirsten Davis


The Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP for short, which was formerly known as the Experience Music Project in Seattle, was completed in 2000 after monetary support by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry by buying Stratocaster guitars and slicing them apart to make the weird shapes and designs for the building. An interesting thing is how it is located adjacent to the Seattle Space Needle and how the MoPOP has the Seattle Monorail running through the building. Another interesting part of the design of the building was the exterior, which was made out of stainless steel and aluminum that was actually three thousand different panels, angled in a certain way to give the unique look of the building. The unique design was able to be done by the advanced technology of 3D modeling in construction. The social and political views of the MoPOP are either you love the building, or you hate it. Many Seattle residents think it adds culture to that area of Seattle, but others such as Forbes Magazine, ranked it in the top 10 ugliest buildings of all time.



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