Teflon minimalism: The surprisingly sleek architecture of the GOP convention

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Teflon minimalism: The surprisingly sleek architecture of the GOP convention
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Delegates pose for an official convention photograph on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Teflon minimalism: The surprisingly sleek architecture of the GOP convention
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 18: Delegates pose for an official convention photograph on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18/ © Alex Wong-Getty Images

The stage at the Republican National Convention, inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, is built to hold multitudes. And by multitudes I mean a parade of complaints about Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter, appearances by the manager of the Trump Winery and a star of “Duck Dynasty” and blunt calls for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in jail.

There have also been references to Sheetrock, avocado farming and Lucifer. On Tuesday night, helping warm up the crowd for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a man named Andy Wist, who runs a waterproofing company in Queens, N.Y., gave a short, laconic speech.

“We restore building exteriors,” he said, before squeezing in a comment about all the ways Clinton “breaks the law.”

What kind of design makes sense for that kind of, um, wide-ranging program? […]

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