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An embassy building boom reveals a turn from symbolism to technocratic competence
Source: The Architect's Newspaper
5-12-2021 | News
America’s stock in the world has depreciated considerably since the start of the millennium. The reasons will be agreed upon only in hindsight, but the national post-9/11 paranoia that spawned a series of criminal military interventions overseas and calls for “securitizing” democracy worldwide could not have helped. Nor could the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the reigning global superpower, his “America First” rhetoric, and his jettisoning of the country’s commitments to the Paris climate agreement. But all the while, the construction of new U.S. embassy projects continued at an unheard-of pace—a total of 167 new diplomatic facilities since 1999.