Art: Taj Mahal Modern

Some of the choicest prestige plums in the contemporary architectural world are handed out by the U.S. Department of State for its ten-year, $200 million, overseas embassy and consulate-building program. The program stipulates that the new buildings must be 1) functional, 2) sympathetic to surrounding architecture, and 3) in harmony with the cultures and traditions of the countries in which they are built. To help architects get the feel of their assignment, the Government foots the bill for an on-the-spot inspection. Administered by an advisory group of leading architects and diplomats, the program...

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