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August 2   -   ArtsJournal: music

The Obsession With Originality 'Weakens The Power Of Architecture'

Phineas Harper: "Across architectural culture we dread the label of unoriginality like a curse. We deride the derivative, we mock mimics, we fear facsimiles. Call us dull, call us sellouts, call us gentrifiers - just don't call us copycats. I believe this sneering snobbery of derivation is deeply flawed and at odds with the potential of architecture as a collective creative force." (For instance, Shigeru Ban is not the only architect allowed to use cardboard tubes .)


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