Philadelphia, 2012


Once More, With Feeling is a design meditation on the architectural replica. The project began as a catalogue of architectural copies, from “superficial likenesses”—projects that end in parody or pastiche—to forms of replication that challenge the myth of the original. As a case study, these strategies were tested through the competition brief for the relocation of the Barnes Foundation from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania to downtown Philadelphia, a move tightly bound by a court order that mandated the replication of the original galleries on the new site. Situated within the tight confines of the project’s legal constraints, the relocation becomes an act of spatial translation. The design manipulates the scale, proportion, and sequence of the twenty four galleries within a new programmatic envelope, creating a kind of inside-out copy.