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A Chinese re-creation of Amsterdam's Central Train Station, complete with randomly placed faux-Dutch windmill!

Is mimicry the highest form of flattery or is duplitecture just blatant stealing?

  • 333 Votes Duplitecture is just another form of counterfeiting and should be criminalized
  • 137 Votes Duplitecture is flattering for the original architects and spreads their work to other parts of the world.
  • 59 Votes I'm not sure.

Total Voters: 529


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  1. Shyamala Rajaram January 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    i am an Architect and i personally think, that originality of a structure is its authenticity which would be ruined by replicating it in other parts of the world. Incorporating the abstracts of structure is acceptable to certain level but duplicating spoils the essence of original design . a structure is similar to conceiving a baby, duplicating spoils its soul.

  2. Hao Jiang January 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I also copied/combined existing design when i was doing some works in architectural firm in china, so what, time\\\’s not enough unless you copy, the clients don\\\’t care if you copy. to finish a set of drawings in just 1-2 days is important.

  3. Jorge de Sousa February 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    They\’ll never be able to capture all the aspects of thoses places, the ambient and culture of thoses places will never be existent on the copies. So if you want to get the true essence of the places you will always have to go to the real deal. I take it as 1:1 scale models!

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