Heather Townsend & Casey Jones: Building diplomacy (October 24, 2012)



Heather Townsend reviews the scope and history of America’s embassies, from the 1797 consulate in Barcelona to the 275 missions currently operating in 190 countries, and presents a video, Another Language of Diplomacy, on the Design Excellence Program of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and General Service Administration (GSA). Casey Jones discusses the Design Excellence Program as a revitalization of the GSA’s original 1962 Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture after a period where security dominated all other issues. Christine Foushee engages Townsend and Jones in a discussion of how the OBO tries to encourage younger designers, embassies as public spaces, and how embassies can participate in local revitalization efforts.

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