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nent agents for the originating countries,

The Foreign Relations Authorization Act Fis-

embassies must cooperate, negotiate, and

cal Year 2012 passed by the committee said:

build strong relationships amongst multiple

The secretary shall seek to establish

regimes. It is a mutually organized collabora-

a United States consulate in Lhasa,

tive where parties seek continued positive

Tibet, to provide services to United

relations while also maintaining key political

States citizens traveling in Tibet and to

positioning. Thus producing a double iden-

monitor political, economic, and cultural

tity—one focused on global dominance, the

developments in Tibet, including Tibetan

other on localized integration.

areas of Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan provinces and, until such consul-

A chancery is the structure that houses the

ate is established, shall not permit the

embassy delegation. Such structures are the

establishment in the United States of

product of a carefully articulated image of

any additional consulate of the People’s

strength, control, and national pride. For

Republic of China.

example, the Russian chancery in Havana, resembles a sword stabbing the earth, as

The construction of a United States embassy

if claiming the area by force. The U.S.

in Lhasa has the potential to cause either glob-

chancery in Rome was formerly the palace

al unrest or grant regional political stability.

of Julius Caesar.

An embassy opens up avenues for communication by increasing the number of interested

Collage The removal of a section of the White House to be spliced into the Tibetan embassy

parties. As such, it can ultimately contribute to ending conflicts by virtue of its presence alone. The allegiances forged between nations have the potential to free Tibet. Going Rogue This embassy leverages the benevolent act of aiding Tibet and the subsequent media spectacle to hide its true intentions of keeping an eye on China. The global political climate is such that, as China rises in power, the United States is losing its positioning as the global leader. To capitalize on the current political turmoil in Tibet, the U.S. embellishes the act of freeing Tibet to create a spectacle that masks the embassy’s selfish ulterior goals. The harsh disconnect between the local and global ambitions of this embassy is mediated by its envelope. Thus, the project studies how the embassy can begin to materialize the intensified identities of the diplomatic mission through the façade. Conceived

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