Wednesday, February 24, 2010

US Embassy - UK

I really don't have a point of view on the design of the new US embassy in South London except that it's the typical, fortress type of design despite all the glass and blast proof plastic, which is hardly welcoming. But welcoming is not what the US is all about any longer, is it? It's saving grace, I guess, is that it is not surrounded by the usual cement and steel tank traps or ladder proof walls that are the hallmark of other US facilities or set back so far that one needs a taxi to get to the first guard hut.

The other conclusion that leaps to mind is that terrorists have succeeded in making the architectural decisions for the US based on fear.

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