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LUI, Elizabeth Gill. Building Diplomacy : The Architecture of American Embassies. Keya Kaita, Cultural Montages. Essay by Jane C. Loeffler; Kevin Spence, project coordinator. Los Angeles, California : "Distributed by Cornell University Press in association with Four Stops Press", (2004). First Edition. Pp (14),15-267,(5). Folio, grey cloth, with silver lettering to front and spine. With map end-papers. "An ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy book." Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Elizabeth GillLui (b. 1955). Keya Kaita (b. 1976). Embassy architecture and design ranges from the humble to the stately, from the practical to the grand. "Building Diplomacyis a comprehensive photographic documentary featuring the architecture of U.S. embassies. Photographed from November 2000 through November 2003, thisbody of work is a vivid portrait of America's international diplomatic pre sence. Over time the image that we presnt to the world has shifted and beenreadjuasted in response to geopolitical realities. The nation's embassies are expressions of the values that are the essence of American culture. They tell a story of who we are in trelation to tghe world. Like other public buildings, embassies have a symbolic impact that cannot be underestimated At a time when Americans and world citizens alike question and investigate issues of the United States' global presence, Building Diplomacy provides the first professionally documented and comprehensive portrait of the official face of American diplomacy. With independent funding backed by full support official face of American diplomacy around the world. Elizabeth Gill Luitraveled to fifty countries to photograph American embassies, chanceries, and ambassadors' residences. This record of her journey includes approximately five hundred artful and eloquent interior and exterior views shot by Lui with a large-format camera. Keya Keita, Lui's daughter and partner on theproject, shot a live-action documentary of embassies and the cultural mili eu of each nation Lui and Keita visited. The text includes an essay by JaneLoeffler detailing the history of the U.S. Department of State's building program.America's commitment to historic preservation of properties has been realized in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Prague, and Tokyo. The modernisttradition is showcased in Argentina, Greece, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Uruguay. Vernacular buildings adapted to diplomatic use a re widespread: Lui photographed examples of adapted reuse in Ghana, Iceland, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Palau. Buildings that reflect Europe's colonial legacy are also in evidence. After the 1983 bombing in Beirut, embassy construction began to reflect increased security concerns. Embassies built after 1998, although isolated within walled compounds, are well regarded by thosewho work in them. The author makes a case that embassy architecture is a c ritical aspect of American identity on the international landscape and can be formative in defining a new cultural diplomacy in the twenty-first century.Structured geographically, Building Diplomacy portrays embassies in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, the Pacific, South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. An appendix lists the architects and designers of the featured buildings. Cultural montages by Keya Keita; Color plates and commentaryby Elizabeth Gill Lui; Preface by Elizabeth Gill Lui; Building diplomacy b y Elizabeth Gill Lui; "Embassy Architecture as Politics and Symbol" by JaneC. Loeffler; Western Hemisphere : Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montivideo, Uru guay; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico; Ottawa, Canada. Africa : Near East and South Asia : East Asia and Pacific : Europe : Epilogue."Through the Moving Lens" by Keya Keita; App. A. Properties and Architects ; App. B. Victims of Violence; App. C. Artwork Identification. With notes and bibliography. Very good in dustjacket. 35.00
Title: Building Diplomacy : The Architecture of American Embassies. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Four Stops Press, Los Angeles, California, 2004, ISBN:0801443261:
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