The Unlikely Story of How a Japanese Architect Designed Assad's Palace

One of the remarkable things about the Assad regime is the veneer of tasteful normalcy that surrounds his family’s public image, from a glowing Vogue feature on Asma al-Assad to their boring Instagram presence. That aura extends to the presidential palace, which was built by Kenzō Tange—the Pritzker Prize-winning… » 9/12/13 4:00pm 9/12/13 4:00pm