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?