Dwell Conversations in DC Tonight!
Tonight I’ll be hosting the next Dwell Conversation, Designing Diplomacy, a panel discussion on the intersection of design and diplomacy at the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC. As easily one of the most impressive and forward-looking embassies in town, the Finnish Embassy is an ideal place to discuss American embassies abroad, foreign missions on American soil, and what the two disciplines have to say to one another.
I used to live in Washington DC, and one of my favorite parts of the city is the embassies. I was always fascinated by how nations chose to represent themselves architecturally, be it the manor house style of the British Embassy or the clean modernism of the House of Sweden to the concrete planes of the Cote d’Ivoire. But Washington is unique in that nations are largely free to build as they please with little fear of rocket-propelled grenades or truckloads of explosives crashing through their doors.
I’ll be joined by Jane Loeffler, an architectural historian at the University of Maryland and author of the first rate The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America’s Embassies, and Washington Post Culture Critic and Dwell contributor Philip Kennicott. I’ve got a call in to the State Department’s Overseas Building Office to see if they’ll allow someone from Foggy Bottom to join as well. There’s also a good chance that Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu will say a few words as well. All told, this is going to be one of the better design events of the season in Washington DC, taking both the local and global view of how we design diplomacy. Get tickets here.