Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Local Kids Designing the Baghdad Embassy

The same people who designed Visitation Church on Main Street and the Sprint Headquarters have taken on a different kind of project. They are the ones designing the controversial, wildly expensive and anger-inspiring Baghdad Embassy - a 100+ acre, billion dollar monstrosity that is the same size as the Vatican City.

Berger Devinhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gife Yaeger
is a local group, headquartered in the Uptown Theatre Building. What must it be like to design a compound that you must realize is not only going to get hit with bombs, but will inspire bombs elsewhere? How does it feel to design a compound that will serve as an emblem of American imperialism in the Muslim world?

To be clear, I'm not knocking the firm for taking the work. It's high-profile, probably well-paying, and somebody's got to do it. But it's weird to think of people a few blocks away from my office engaged in work like that.

On the other hand, we've had dozens of young people from this area go all the way over there and spill their blood on the streets of Baghdad. That's even harder to think about.

Update: Local blogger Spyder obviously knows how to stay on top of the latest news and research - she points out that the State Department is upset about the drawings of the compound that Berger Devine Yaeger had on its site. If you clicked through on my link here, someone from the NSA will soon be showing up on your doorstep with one of those memory-erasing-flasher-pens from Men in Black. Sorry for the inconvenience. Your right to look at pictures you are paying for of a compound you are paying for is limited by the State Department's need to be super-secretive about Iraq.



Blogger Spyder said...

Berger Devine Yaeger is now in trouble with the State Department.

See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070531/baghdad-embassy-plans/

5/31/2007 10:11 PM  

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