Architects & Mimetic Rivalry
René Girard, Léon Krier, Samir Younés, Kent Bloomer
Edited by Samir Younés
Humans are imitative beings. The imitation of preferred masters and forms is natural to artists and architects but also the root cause of their conflicts and rivalries, leading to what René Girard has called “mimetic rivalry”. Architects & Mimetic Rivalry is a discussion of the effects of this broad yet unrecognized phenomenon on the architects and architecture of today.
260 x 210 mm
It is what architects have in common rather than what separates them that is at the root of their legendary quarrels. Architectural identities are shaped by imitating preferred architectural forms and by imitating the identities of their makers. But although imitation (mimesis) is both essential and useful, it has another side, one that makes it a cause for rivalry. Mimetic rivalry occurs because of competition for what is commonly shared, for what is commonly desired. Architects usually explain their rivalry as the result of personal and ideological differences, unaware that the desire to imitate a master becomes the desire to obtain the same forms, the same status. For the first time in architectural literature, this book introduces and explains the idea of mimetic rivalry that many architects experience without understanding its source. Published in collaboration with the School of Architecture at the University of Notre DamePurchase on Bookshop
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