Architectural Replicas - Four Hyopthesis on the use of Agnostic Copies in the Architectural Field

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The word “replica” bears a double meaning; it designates a literal reproduction of a preexisting work and, in a sense denoted in Romance languages, a response to a previous statement. Replicas that respond to the first part of this definition have played a structural role in the history of architecture. For centuries, plaster casts of architectural fragments circulated through Beaux-Arts Schools and professional ateliers as proof of the existence of an ideal, from which to copy. The second part of the definition adds nuance. Can one produce a work of architecture that already exists, and by doing so, take a position? (Not by chance; “replica”—translated as “reply”— often designates the representative’s right to answer in parliament.) We believe that there are architectural replicas that respond to both meanings. We call them agonistic copies
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