What Kinds of Copies?

Urtzi Grau & Cristina Goberna. July 2014. Excerpt from Log 31, Spring/Summer 2014

As with any other creative discipline, architecture submits to a regime of originality. Operations having in common the recourse to already produced forms, such as appropriation,détournementobjet-trouvé, mash-up, parafiction–well-known critical tools in a wide range of artistic production–still remain unabsorbed and even taboo. While imitation and reproduction are the obvious roots of the last 20, if not the last 600, years of excess architectural shapes, the field of architecture has resisted openly embracing copies, and in so doing has hindered its own potential.


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