Designers reimagine the U.S. Capitol as a brutalist fortress

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This dystopian vision illustrates what’s so precious about our federal buildings. Washington, D.C., was always built to be open to the public, which is part of the reason why the Capitol was so easily breached last week. But what if the Capitol weren’t designed with large green space and welcoming stairs? What if the Capitol were designed to frighten you and keep you away? Read Full Story

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Here’s what the U.S. Capitol looked like when protestors wanted healthcare and equality

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The Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors. What can one say, really, in the wake of the unprecedented insurrection taking place in Washington, D.C., as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol? Well, one thing that did not elude the notice of many , many people was that the Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors in and outside the home of the U.S. Congress—as recently as last summer during Black Lives Matter protests for racial equity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and too many other Black people around the country. Read Full Story

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The U.S. Capitol is a symbol of democracy. But it’s full of Confederate statues

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The U.S. Capitol abounds with confederate symbolism. But with Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, that may change. Last Wednesday, insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol, waving American and Confederate flags and Trump banners. The sight of rioters below John Trumbull’s “Declaration of Independence” fresco, and similar works, was a tragic violation of American democracy. And yet, if rioters had taken a closer look, they would’ve have found plenty of imagery with which they could identify. The U.S. Capitol abounds with confederate symbolism. Read Full Story

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The other attack inside the Capitol that we need to talk about

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The insurrection was bad enough, but inside the Capitol, GOP legislators made things worse by refusing to adhere to basic COVID-19 protocols. Although many facts around the Capitol siege of January 6 remain murky a week later, one thing is abundantly clear: That day synthesized two unforgivable acts of Republican hostility from the past year into a multilayered attack. Read Full Story

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Camo, flags, and the Kraken: Experts decode the symbols of the Capitol insurrectionists

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The Capitol rioters wore pelts, carried flags, and plastered themselves with logos that hid deeper meanings. When insurrectionists stormed the Capitol last week, many came armed with weapons, but even more were adorned in symbols that were designed to shock, intimidate and project hate. There was an enormous noose and gallows, confederate flags, and a hoodie emblazoned with the words “Camp Auschwitz.” Read Full Story

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