American Embassies Undergo Design Scrutiny
By all accounts, security concerns are of utmost importance when building a diplomatic compound oversea. Close coordination between the host country and the State Department is critical, particularly in parts of the world where political tensions are mercurial. After all, a single turn of event could extend the project indefinitely.
"Even in places at peace, the obstacles can be hard to foresee: a dead tree on the site in Phnom Penh turned out to be revered by locals, forcing the design to be changed to preserve it; in Kigali, excavations for the foundations unearthed human remains; in Kiev the winters are so cold that it was hard to keep the concrete from freezing; and in Monrovia an arms embargo impeded the import of the explosives needed to blast away some awkward rocks," notes The Economist.