Africa: Architects for the Developing

Some emerging nations seem convinced that they can best establish status by expelling or jailing American diplomats. An increasing number, fortunately, have found a more useful path to national pride: hiring foreign architects to design government buildings, hospitals, universities and even cities. To meet this demand, a colony of American firms has sprung up in Rome, which otters the nearest reservoir of technical talent and the best transportation to the underdeveloped nations. Last week Rome's top American architects ranged over Africa and Asia Minor, supervising hospital construction in Nigeria and Iraq, launching a highway project in Libya, delivering final...

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