This collection focuses on how architectural material is transformed, revised, swallowed whole, plagiarized, or in any other way appropriated. It charts new territory within this still unexplored yet highly topical area of study by establishing a shared vocabulary with which to discuss, or contest, the workings of appropriation as a vital and progressive aspect of architectural discourse. Written by a group of rising scholars in the field of architectural history and criticism, the chapters cover a range of architectural subjects that are linked in their investigations of how architects engage with their predecessors.
Amanda Reeser Lawrence received her PhD in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University. She is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. Lawrence is founding coeditor of the award-winning journal, PRAXIS. She is the author of James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist (Yale University Press, 2013). Ana Miljacki is Associate Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches history, theory, and design. She holds a PhD in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University. Her work focuses on the relationship between politics and the products and circumstances of architectural labor. She is the author of The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle 1938-1968 (Routledge, 2017).
Introduction Amanda Reeser Lawrence and Ana Miljacki Part 1: Authorship 1. Signed, Anonymous: The Persona of the Architect in the Mansion House Debate Timothy Hyde 2. The Anxiety of Anonymity: On the Historiographic Problem of Walter Gropius and The Architects Collaborative Michael Kubo 3. The Power of Association: Le Corbusier in the Banlieue Kenny Cupers Part 2: Transfer 4. Edvard Ravnikar's Eclecticism of Taste and the Politics of Appropriation Vladimir Kulic 5. Cold War Adaptations: SIAL Skolka's Real and Imaginary Architectural Dialogues with the West Ana Miljacki 6. Translation Theory and the Intertwined Histories of Building for Self-Governance Esra Akcan Part 3: Rights 7. Architecture and Copyright: Rights of Authors and Things in the Age of Reproduction Ines Weizman 8. Sufficient Originality: The Legal Contours of Creativity in Architecture Sarah Hirschman 9. Architectural Patents Beyond Bucky Fuller's Quadrant Kevin Emerson Collins Part 4: Reenactments 10. By the Book: Philip Johnson's Ledoux Redoux at the University of Houston Amanda Reeser Lawrence 11. A Careful Misreading of Precedent: the Politics of Transparency in the work of Lina Bo Bardi David Rifkind 12. Not Exactly the Same: On the Fantasy of "Chinese Architectural Copies" Winnie Wong 13. Citta Analoga: Aldo Rossi's Visual Theory on Display Szacka, Lea-Catherine Index