Witold Rybczynski is Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. His latest book is Charleston Fancy: Little Houses and Big Dreams in the Holy City.
A corollary of giving priority to invention is that imitation, once the foundation of creativity in architecture, is banished.
Historically the most conservative of the arts, architecture was an unlikely candidate to carry the red banner of insurrection. And yet.