Plagiarism is an offense as it involves cheating. It is a discrete offense, failure to give credit to the exact source when taking ideas. Plagiarism has been a major concern in the publication and film industries for centuries. However, plagiarism in architecture has become a matter of discussion recently. And, imitating a structure is not merely a design influence anymore.
The ones who support this copying argue that students and beginner architects can learn from the existing architects. On the flip side, the architects who urge to protect their work even apply copyright rules upon their designs. There have been several cases of plagiarism in architecture where the design owners seriously needed to protect and copyright their unique designs.
Recently, the architectural community witnessed certain legal cases and accusations with regard to plagiarism. It may be an indigestible idea for people who enter the industry for the first time that any structure or design should not influence an architect he/she would come across.
Architectural Plagiarism in The Norwegian Terminal
This is the context when Norwegian’s new terminal in Miami becomes controversial for its design. The company claims that the company’s terminal design is unique and iconic (Kalosh, April 18, 2018). In reality, it is identical to the Erzincan airport terminal in turkey. What Norwegian did was only to alter the airport terminal design into a cruise line terminal.
Viewing from the public perspective, it is the responsibility of the big firms like Norwegian to make sure that their architects are professional and creative. Architect schools should revisit their moral perspectives and educate students about the significance of being innovative. They should be encouraged to produce original works. Norwegian’s Miami project is a clear case of plagiarism.
Florida is going on with this project despite the fact that Norwegian’s product is simply a modified copy of Erzincan. Although the company claims that it would give something new, an ‘all-glass modern terminal,’ to the tourist and citizens of Miami, it is unethically taking advantage of the situation (Herrera).
As per the request of several architects, there should be proper legal definitions for design copyright within the architectural industry. A Federal court verdict is relevant to quote here; it says, “the architect who originates a set of blueprints for a dwelling is as much an author for copyright purposes as the writer who creates an original novel or the dramatist who pens a new play” (Giovannini, 1983).