CHEOPSx #8: Copy Paste

In 2010 the Inntel Hotel in Zaandam was delivered, a design by Wilfried van Winden of WAM Architecten. The hotel has a spectacular facade because it is made up by the switched stacking of Zaanse huisjes. The design lead to controversy between van Winden and Sjoerd Soeters, who was a supervisor at the development of the city centre of Zaandam, claiming it was his design idea.

The discussions about copying of buildings or the use of historical styles and shapes can be heated within architecture, and the arrival of the computer added fuel to this fire. What is the importance of originality and origin? How do you as an architects use historical styles? Where does the border between plagiarism and interpretation lay? This are just some questions that rise when discussing copy paste architecture, which play a central role in this edition of  CHEOPSx  in Natlab on June 4th 2018. This edition, organized in collaboration with Architectuurcentrum Eindhoven starts at 20.00 and is for free.

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Bert Staal graduated from the faculty of the built environment of the TU/e and shortly after founded the office buro STAAL/CHRISTENSEN with his partner. He is an architect and designer who was not afraid to use eclectic collages and past correspondences with various architects for his graduation project and up to this day the humor and irony that represents him can still be found in the designs of his office STAAL/CHRISTENSEN. You might also know Bert Staal from his iconic Chaise Longue (Koestoel) from 1990 that has been included in many publications and exhibitions of ‘De Eindhovense School’. Cheops initiated the Forgotten Avant Garde exhibition on show now in Ghent.

During the evening he will elaborate on Copy Paste and share his interpretation of the subject with us. What is the fear of every designer to (re)use what already has been invented before? Why don’t we copy more things that are known to be successful and appreciated? What is the spasmodic uniqueness dogma in architectural design? How can we tackle this and transform architectural planning and design into an open source-ebay-like-platform where everyone can freely shop/chop existing plans and images.





After finishing his studies at the technical university of Delft and Ecole d’Architecture de Montpellier in France, Manou Huijbregts started working as an architect at MVRDV, Claus en Kaan architecten and Architectenbureau Kemp and Kootwijk before starting his own firm hp architecten. At age 30, he was asked to make a design for a client, who demanded for the design to be in the style of the Bossche School. The client had an image of what a design of such a style would look like and visualised a building just like that. Manou on the other hand tried to get to the bottom of the ideas behind the Bossche School and believed that the theory behind the style could also result in different designs than the image the client had.  Nevertheless, in the end the building was built and consisted of a compromise between the two visions. Assignments like these make questions about the ethical issues in copy paste relevant. During the evening Manou will tell us all about his experiences and his view on copy paste.