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Friday, March 28, 2008

Today's archidose #192

Copenhagen . Ørestad, originally uploaded by stadtbild.

230 Dwellings in Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark by PLOT = BIG + JDS, 2005.

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  1. that looks delicious

  2. Sorry for going off on a tangent, but in some "BIG-related" news, have a look at BIG's blatant and unacknowledged plagiarism of Australian architecture firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall.

    In the first link, take a look at ARM's 2005 design for the Max Dupain building at Sydney's King Street Wharf:

    Then take a look at BIG's new design for the VMCP building (one of the newer projects on their website):

    Hmmmm... looks like a case of complete and total plagiarism to me! And what's worse, there's no recognition in the project description of the fact that they're ripping off another firm's idea. I can understand referencing another architect's work, but in order to be considered referential (and not plagiarised) they should probably have actually acknowledged where they got the idea from. Take a look at the images, and let us know whether you think it's a "coincidence".

  3. Apprently JDS doesn't pay their student interns all that well. A friend of mine was very recently offered work at JDS for 6 months, with the condition that he won't get paid for a few of those 6 months. Knowing that makes it difficult to view their work without bias.

  4. Anon11:53 - and it wasn't even an idea the world's been waiting to benefit from, more's the pity.

    If you want to seriously pursue unoriginality, you could say that either idea is merely a 90 degree shift of the Aqua at Illinois Center, which waves each floor slab at you to distract from it being another cheap shoebox. In this case the primary plane is y instead of z; in either case they are not significant design statements, except to the extent that the cityscapes of the world would be even more aggravating with high-tech "in-your-face-boxes" instead of bland Modernist boxes.

  5. Their website is as great as their designs !

  6. spuck, ARM's design precedes the design of aqua by a couple of years. otherwise, your point is noted.


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