Take a look at this design by Diller & Scofidio and compare it with . According to this New York Times report I’ve just finished reading,
Not similar, are they? Ha!
What is more interesting is what Elizabeth Diller has to say on this – “The only way to avert the problem of plagarism is to be a moving target. If your work is copied and that upsets you, it means you waited too long to move on.”
In other words, keep switching between cheeks to evenly distribute the punches you’re receiving, so that teeth on both sides are evenly knocked out.
Several students in my college are facing problems of plagarism. Their problem is quite interesting – they must give references for everyting that they write in a 80-100 page thesis. Sentence after sentence is picked up, and a source is found. The softwares used for assessing these are state-of-the art; so much so that even paraphrasing isn’t working. Even if some of them come up with an idea they thought was original, the software tells them who thought of it first. Sentence after sentence is being pcked on, and a source found. In fact, a secondary source that they did not even have access to is being located, instead of the one they actually used.
Is any idea ever original? Can I not have a thought that is the same as another persons, across the globe?
As if often the case, where there is a problem, an Indian finds a jugaad. They are getting their theses assessed initially, without actual submission. They quote the same source that the software identifies as the original source, and their theses passes the plagarism test. Simple, intelligent jugaad.