Imitation can be essential to human learning and advancement but is there a danger, especially in an era of instant communication and global capital, of us mindlessly copying the latest popular phenomenon or creating a monotonous look to our cities? And why in classical music, imitation wasn’t always a dirty word. Presenter Zeinab Badawi talks to anthropologist Alex Bentley, musicologist Jan Smaczny and architect Robert Adam.
British architect Robert Adam is a visiting professor of urban design at Strathclyde University and a leading advocate of traditional architecture. He believes that the desire to attract international capital has led to business districts all over the globe looking almost identical. But perhaps this homogeneity will soon be challenged with the rise of Chinese power.