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At the same time, many architectural critics seem to be convinced that the present call for sustainability with its "green buildings" is but another screen behind which well-known old power structures hide.

From this sentence I don't really understand this part "...but another screen behind which well-known old power structures hide."

I am guessing that whole sentence is saying many arch. critics are convinced that present need for sustainability is not a lie (true).

Could someone please help me understand this sentence?

Thank you

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One tricky part may be that the sentence contains a less-common use of "but" where it serves as an adverb meaning "merely" or "only". (Example: "He is but a child.") In addition, "screen" is being used as a metaphor in conjunction with "hide". Therefore, another way of expressing the same meaning could be

Many architectural critics seem to be convinced that the present call for sustainability (with its "green buildings") is merely another disguised opportunity for the same well-known power structures.

or

Many architectural critics seem to be convinced that the present call for sustainability (with its "green buildings") is nothing more than a hidden application of the same well-known power structures.

So I'd reach the opposite conclusion as you: The author is saying that many critics think that the idea of architectural sustainability is a lie in some sense.

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