Topic - State Department'S Bureau Of Overseas Building Operations

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  • The design of the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin, a brooding structure completed in 2008, drew the scorn of German newspapers as grim and uninviting. (State Department photo)

    Can security and design be reconciled in new U.S. embassies?

    It's a dangerous world for U.S. diplomats. But the last thing a nation beset by the "ugly American" stereotype needs is ugly American embassies. The State Department is now promising to reconcile enhanced security with design in its aggressive new overseas building program. It's about time, say its critics.

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