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Architects and Mimetic Rivalry.

Architects and Mimetic Rivalry.


Girard, Rene and Leon Krier.

Cl. London, 2013

Book ID: 93697

Samir Youn_s, associate professor of architecture at Notre Dame, serves as editor of a series of essays by Ren_ Girard, professor emeritus at Stanford University; L_on Krier, architect, urbanist, and 2003 Driehaus Prize laureate; Kent Bloomer, adjunct professor of architecture at Yale University, and Youn_s. They argue that architectural identities are shaped by imitating preferred architectural forms„and by imitating the identities of their creators. The term ñmimetic rivalry,î coined by Girard, occurs as a result of competition for what is commonly shared and desired. Architects often dismiss the idea, explaining their rivalry as a 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, Architects and Mimetic Rivalry introduces and explains mimetic rivalry, and discusses the effects of this broad and unrecognized phenomenon on architects and architecture of today.

104 pp.