Researcher for future buildings and cities
Copy Paste
April 2011

This one week lasting workshop focused on the issue whether imitating buildings and cities in your own projects is a bad thing or a good thing. In the first case, we can argue that imitating and copy/pasting has a negative effect on the variety of products, the identity of each product and it can be disrespectful towards the creator of the product that is copied. On the other hand, copy/pasting also realizes faster and cheaper production of buildings or products, and when elements are copied the building or product can even get more quality.

The excercise in this workshop was to create a library of images of all sorts of pictures (vernacular architecture, famous architecture, surfaces, objects, art, science fiction, nature, signs, vehicles, geography, patterns etc..). From this library we used a number of images to create a new building from. The assignment was to create sketch design-ideas for monument to Ivan Danilovich Chernyakhovskiy (a commanderin- chief who died during World War II) in Chernyakhovsk Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia). This design assignment was part of an real competition held, although we did not enter our designs.

This image and the movie are the end products of our workshop. As a monument we created a bridge from buildings and elements from the library.

The question we can ask ourselves at the end of this workshop is: was the copy/pasting we did beneficial? In other words: did we create a product which has more quality? Or is it disrespectful towards the creators of the buildings and pictures we used in our design?

Our design was based on an image of the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, designed by Toyo Ito. By copy pasting the pavillion were we disrespectful towards Toyo Ito by using his design or did we create a beautiful new design by using his design and contributed to the world with it?
The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion by Toyo Ito.

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