Video on Diplomacy Through Architecture (8:20)
What I'm not sure it captures is that to build world-class facilities designed by some of the best architect firms in the world, we (meaning I) am often working with construction firms who oversee foreign (meaning local national) sub-contractors trying to build to some fairly rigorous standards. I know that Tony Stark made the Ironman suit in a cave and we're both MIT alumni, but he didn't have to get permits from the local government. All kidding aside, we have to make sure our embassies can survive stuff like this: Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Diplomatic facilities. So the buildings have to be attractive, yet tough and resilient under very dangerous situations.
If an embassy was to be anthropomorphized, my guess that it would look a bit like Lara Croft.
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