“Imitation… transforms the past into a junkyard where parts of discontinued models can be picked up for re-use. It is not imitation that justifies an intense study of the past. It is inspiration that is urgently needed. …Imitation concerns itself only with external form, inspiration with the total concept.” – Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
What is an Inherently Sustainable Feature (ISF), and what is this Database? More explanation here.