What is Copycat Architecture?


Maybe Zaha’s attitude is similar to one of a musician’s, like Duke Ellington who worked within a tradition of musical forms and constructs ( 12 bar, 16, 32, … blues). While the “form” of the compositions are the same , the variation, control, and interpretation offered to the musicians and composers allows for invention and innovation – thus broadening the art-form.

To me, none of these buildings are “copies” of another, although they may have a common DNA of a common Zeitgeist.

Also, given the media situation these, the tendency towards “imitation” or the appearance there of may not be surprising. I imagine even at Payette, one could do a similar sampling. I love the early projects especially and draw comparisons between it and Jose Luis Sert or Louis Kahns work (for obvious reasons) but would not suggest there is a copying, rather more a reflection of the spirit of the times…

Dennis Grudkowski, January 26, 2013

Are there any truly new ideas? Is the concept of ownership relevant to architecture? Only inasmuch as 20th-century conceptions of intellectual property still apply. For architects, who should be committed to improving living and working conditions for building occupants, notions of ownership seems specious. Hadid’s feigned nonchalance was the only acceptable response that could come from someone who is out to promote her own work above all else.

Alex, July 23, 2013