Can the iconoclastic architect design a structure that's cheap, green, and secure?

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July 23 2008 6:58 AM

Thom Mayne's U.S. Federal Building

Can the iconoclastic architect design a structure that's cheap, green, and secure?

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Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.