A coworker brought this story to my attention concerning David Childs
and his previous design for the new "Freedom Tower". Does this guy
have a case, or is he just "playa hatin" or looking for attention?
Pretty sticky subject in the field of Architecture. I don't know all
the details of this case, but as a previous employee of a large
corporate firm, I can see how someone like Childs would take something
like this without thinking. I've seen it happen too many times in
those big firms. I'm sure it's not exclusive to the big firms, but
their environment seems to bring it out in its most blatant and
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It's not just sloped; it's sloped towards a movie screen with the
express purpose that people will park there and have a better view of
the movie. I did it that way in my project; they did it in their
project. Sloped parking lot; movie screen.
The problem is that it's one detail/idea. THere are, let's face it, sut so
many basic forms, and it's *is* possible for people to come up with very
similar ideas independently from one aother. Happens often in science, for
I think generally that is all too true, and certainly not just in the world
OTOH, if they ruled against Childs, what happens if a "little guy" thinks
of something that's claimed by a "big guy"?
Plagiarism stinkc but it'd be worse IMO to penalize everyone who ever had
an idea similar to someone else's. The end result would be to strangle
creativity, not enhance it, because part of creativity is often taking
things that exist and using them in new ways, in new situations, giving
them new meanings.
When teaching design I had a student, who worked at a firm that I had
previously worked at, bring in a ski lodge design that I had done. Real
dumb, my name was on the original drawings, but he still claimed that it was
his "original" idea. I flunked him.
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