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US diplomats add a moat to their expenses at $1bn London embassy
http://www.timesonline.co.uk ^ | February 24, 2010 | Catherine Philp

Posted on 02/23/2010 6:45:20 PM PST by kcvl

US diplomats add a moat to their expenses at $1bn London embassy

The United States has unveiled plans for its new $1 billion high-security embassy in London — the most expensive it has ever built.

The proposals were met with relief from both the present embassy’s Mayfair neighbours and the residents and developers of the Battersea wasteland where the vast crystalline cube, surrounded by a moat, will be built.

The decision to abandon the former site in Grosvenor Square by 2016 came after a prolonged battle with residents angered by the security measures demanded after the September 11 attacks. More than a hundred residents took out a full-page advertisement in The Times to oppose tighter measures that they said would leave the area more vulnerable to attack.

The new embassy, on a former industrial site behind Battersea power station known for its gay clubs, will be designed by Kieran Timberlake, the Philadelphia architect.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7038550.ece


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bhostatedept; bhouk; soshillary; usembassy
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1 posted on 02/23/2010 6:45:20 PM PST by kcvl
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7038550.ece


2 posted on 02/23/2010 6:45:50 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

A MOAT? A f**king MOAT? What the hell year is this? 1327?


3 posted on 02/23/2010 6:46:17 PM PST by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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4 posted on 02/23/2010 6:48:49 PM PST by kcvl
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To: RockinRight

Think of all the jobs that will be created for this embassy. Will this count in his Jobs Created/Saved data?


5 posted on 02/23/2010 6:49:54 PM PST by panthermom
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To: kcvl
The people who determine how to spend our tax money need to be thrown out of office.

This is an offense of the highest order.

Especially now.

If some of the world's billionaires want to donate to and build this, so be it...but for now...we need to start a revolution and get the people who spend our money to start STRIPPING idiot programs and pork and BALANCE THE DAMN BUDGET before ONE MORE SINGLE NEW ITEM is ADDED TO OUR EXPENSE LIST....INCLUDING THE HORRIFIC HEALTH CARE DEBACLE THAT THOSE SPENDING OUR MONEY want to lay upon us when those horrific men and women WILL NOT EVEN BE UNDER THEMSELVES!!!

6 posted on 02/23/2010 6:49:58 PM PST by Republic (I love Rush)
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To: RockinRight

KieranTimberlake chosen to build ‘modern, open’ U.S. Embassy in London

The State Department has announced that a Philadelphia-based architecture firm has won the closely watched competition to design the new U.S. Embassy in London. KieranTimberlake, which also designed an innovative and environmentally sustainable structure for Washington’s Sidwell Friends School, beat out three other major architectural firms.

The design calls for a secure and environmentally efficient glass cube set atop a colonnade in a landscape with a pond and pathways open to the public. Speaking from London, architect James Timberlake called it “an urban building in an urban park.”

The other finalists, in a process that began with 37 entrants and was winnowed to four over the past year and a half, were Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Morphosis Architects and Richard Meier & Partners Architects.

Seeking fresh thinking

The decision to open the design selection to competition is rare but not unprecedented — this is the fourth time the State Department has done so — demonstrating the importance of the London embassy to the United States’ long-standing relationship with Great Britain. It might also reflect the State Department’s desire for fresh and deeper thinking about how to design aesthetically pleasing but secure facilities. In recent years, the government has relied on standard embassy designs as it worked to rapidly replace or upgrade overseas facilities in the nervous post-2001 environment. Many of those were criticized for being fortresslike, forbidding, and isolated from their surroundings and the people they serve.

The choice of the KieranTimberlake design suggests that the more open process has yielded exactly what the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations was looking for: “a modern, open and secure” building that was sensitive to London’s architectural context.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/23/AR2010022302193.html


7 posted on 02/23/2010 6:50:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

WE DON”T HAVE MONEY TO BUILD ANYTHING@!!!!!


8 posted on 02/23/2010 6:50:41 PM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: kcvl

Green jobs for Britains!

Jobs that cannot be outsourced!

LOL!


9 posted on 02/23/2010 6:50:47 PM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: RockinRight

The road to serfdom does have to have its amenities!


10 posted on 02/23/2010 6:51:38 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: kcvl

And Obama doesn’t even like the Brits. Could you imagine how much he would spend on a embassy if he actually liked the British?


11 posted on 02/23/2010 6:52:11 PM PST by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: kcvl

That costs a billion dollars? Good Lord.


12 posted on 02/23/2010 6:52:19 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Republic

13 posted on 02/23/2010 6:52:27 PM PST by kcvl
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14 posted on 02/23/2010 6:53:23 PM PST by kcvl
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To: RockinRight

“A MOAT? A f**king MOAT? What the hell year is this? 1327?”

If it was 1956 he would be buying Cadillacs...


15 posted on 02/23/2010 6:54:05 PM PST by jessduntno (Stop being the Party of No. Be the Party of HELL NO!!)
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To: RebelTXRose

Set on a site of almost five acres on the south side of the Thames River, the new structure will be positioned on an angle to the surrounding streets. A semicircular pond will function as a protective moat along the Thames side, while a spiraling landscape to the south sets the building away from potential car or truck bombs. A complex envelope of blast-resistant glass and a polymer skin (known as ETFE) will provide both security and energy efficiency while shading the building on its sun-exposed sides.

“I have to be careful in talking about specific security requirements of this particular building,” Timberlake said. “But the glass skin is quite robust.”

It also helps the building, which is estimated to cost about $500 million, put a transparent face to the city and maximizes natural light for workers inside. Photovoltaics in the building’s skin and on its roof will generate electricity.

Design drawings show a cube that shimmers and dissolves in muted rhythms both vertically and horizontally. The spiraling landscape continues as a motif inside the building, culminating in the “ever more focused, secure and enclosed center atop the structure.”


16 posted on 02/23/2010 6:54:24 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Thanks and btw....just PUKE!


17 posted on 02/23/2010 6:55:43 PM PST by Republic (I love Rush)
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To: jessduntno

A $500 Million Eco-Cube Will House US London Embassy in 2017

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a9LgvJUJ3nZ8


18 posted on 02/23/2010 6:55:52 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

One lousy billion dollars? Obama’s boyz should know that money doesn’t go as far as it used to.

Cheapskates!


19 posted on 02/23/2010 6:56:50 PM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: Rennes Templar
That costs a billion dollars? Good Lord.

No, this is a Federal Government project. That's just a shot in the dark ballpark. It will cost much more...
20 posted on 02/23/2010 6:58:01 PM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: kcvl
"Photovoltaics in the building’s skin and on its roof will generate electricity."

Ah yes....putting that legendary London sunshine to good use!

21 posted on 02/23/2010 6:59:50 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: kcvl
That is going to be a swell mosque someday.

How will the Emir of France top that?

22 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:35 PM PST by Anti-Utopian ("Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds I' th' cage." -King Lear [V,iii,6-8])
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To: Republic

TIMBERLAKE, JAMES
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KIERAN TIMBERLAKE/PARTNER SPECTER, ARLEN (D)
Senate - PA
CITIZENS FOR ARLEN SPECTER $500
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Timberlake, James
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Kierantimberlake/Architect
MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION $300
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Timberlake, Jane Ms.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Self/Graphic Designer KERRY, JOHN F (D)
President
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23 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:48 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl; All

Good paying jobs for London muzzies.


24 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:49 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Ticonderoga34

I’ll bet he bugs the place.


25 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:52 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“Ah yes....putting that legendary London sunshine to good use!”

You can get a tan standing in the English rain!


26 posted on 02/23/2010 7:01:30 PM PST by jessduntno (Stop being the Party of No. Be the Party of HELL NO!!)
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To: RockinRight

A moat looks better than dragon’s teeth.


27 posted on 02/23/2010 7:02:14 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: y'all
Borg will be Borg...

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28 posted on 02/23/2010 7:03:47 PM PST by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: Rennes Templar

“That costs a billion dollars? Good Lord.”

The walls are made of compressed $100 bills.


29 posted on 02/23/2010 7:04:03 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: jessduntno

Moats are timeless.


30 posted on 02/23/2010 7:06:04 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Republic
The people who determine how to spend our tax money need to be thrown out of office.

I agree. Now lets concentrate on those who need to go! Every effort needs to be made to eliminate the incumbent who wants to tax and spend.......

31 posted on 02/23/2010 7:07:45 PM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: 1rudeboy

“Moats are timeless.”

True. A little leather on the interior of the Drawbridge though???


32 posted on 02/23/2010 7:07:48 PM PST by jessduntno (Stop being the Party of No. Be the Party of HELL NO!!)
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To: kcvl

My oh my, political payback is so very, very lucrative on the democrat playground.


33 posted on 02/23/2010 7:09:11 PM PST by Republic (I love Rush)
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To: kcvl

I don’t get it. We’re not at war with Islam, per Barak Obama. Why the extra security?


34 posted on 02/23/2010 7:15:39 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: kcvl

A complex envelope of blast-resistant glass and a polymer skin (known as ETFE) will provide both security and energy efficiency while shading the building on its sun-exposed sides.

A job that brick could do and less expensively


35 posted on 02/23/2010 7:17:34 PM PST by Chickensoup (We have the government we deserve. Is our government our traitor?)
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To: kcvl
That is one ugly looking piece of crap. And it's only going to cost us $1B.

What a load.

36 posted on 02/23/2010 7:27:59 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: kcvl
"It also helps the building, which is estimated to cost about $500 million"

So how does 1/2 billion become a billion?

37 posted on 02/23/2010 7:33:00 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kcvl
Whenever there is a story about government sponsored architecture I think of this:

Donald Trump, regarding the United Nations' remodeling plan

38 posted on 02/23/2010 7:34:16 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Is the sarcasm tag really necessary?)
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To: Republic
The people who determine how to spend our tax money need to be thrown out of office.
This is an offense of the highest order.

Especially now.

According to the article the old embassy has been sold for a billion dollars, so theoretically the new building should not involve any new tax dollars. Perhaps they could have saved some of the money.

39 posted on 02/23/2010 7:35:35 PM PST by wideminded
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To: eeriegeno

if it’s made of see through walls won’t that be a security problem.


40 posted on 02/23/2010 7:35:42 PM PST by crop circles
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To: crop circles

The glass will make staff more efficient because it’s too bright for the “desk sleepers”.


41 posted on 02/23/2010 7:38:27 PM PST by crop circles
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To: kcvl

“The new embassy, on a former industrial site behind Battersea power station known for its gay clubs... “

I suppose no State Department spokesman, including the Secretary, cared to elaborate on this coincidence.


42 posted on 02/23/2010 7:39:59 PM PST by tumblindice (Arms, ammo, body armor--check)
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To: RockinRight

Just wait till you see the bill for the dragon and the sea monsters to live in the moat.


43 posted on 02/23/2010 7:53:36 PM PST by Grig
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To: tumblindice

Green footnotes, fgnotes web site gives excellent insight to architect James Timberlake’s progressive architecture and its green diversity. Obama must have embraced progressive agenda without any hesitation.


44 posted on 02/23/2010 8:02:37 PM PST by yorkie01
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To: RockinRight

Might as well be. Haven’t you heard? Britain is a Muslim country now.


45 posted on 02/23/2010 8:07:44 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: kcvl
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46 posted on 02/23/2010 8:35:45 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: kcvl

It’s the Apple iStore Embassy.


47 posted on 02/23/2010 8:51:04 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: kcvl
“I have to be careful in talking about specific security requirements of this particular building,” Timberlake said. “But the glass skin is quite robust.”

Yep. Incoming jet-liners will bounce right off it and fizzle in the moat!

48 posted on 02/23/2010 8:57:30 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: crop circles
When I think 'moat', I visualize water that goes around the fortress.

This is a pond.

49 posted on 02/23/2010 9:04:35 PM PST by txhurl
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To: kcvl

Just theorizing here but looks defeatable with rubber rafts and grapnels!


50 posted on 02/23/2010 10:54:37 PM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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