‘Architectural Megalomania’ in Armenia

by Katia Savchuk

The Cafesjian Center for the Arts opened in Armenia’s capital last week. Despite (or because) the center is “a mad work of architectural megalomania” and resembles “an Art Deco version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon rising nearly the height of the Empire State Building,” the museum is lifting the spirits of the struggling country — or at least offering a distraction.

Credits: Photo of the Cafesjian Center from the New York Times.


  1. Megalomania is a really precise word for that. In Central Asia this kind of buildings and developments is becoming usual. Some months ago I formulated the hypothesis that some cities in Central Asia are good candidates to be the next Dubai, the place in the world where the surpluses of capitalism will shelter. And examples like this one illustrate that.



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