Does architecture need to be original?
The Guardian - 11/23/2015
Speaking on Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s controversial replication of the Barnes Foundation’s exhibition rooms, Amanda Reeser Lawrence, an assistant professor of architecture at Northeastern University, asked how sameness could be thought of not as fearful, but as ambitious. Lawrence argued that the “non-verisimilitude” of rooms paradoxically preserved the intention of the original architecture at the level of aura. Taking the original as a “starting point”, Williams and Tsien conflated the line between original and copy by foregrounding the rooms’ enduring function: to hold art and facilitate people.