Talk / Wednesday 26 September 6.30pm
Sydney Opera House Peter Murray
Wednesday 26 September 6.30pm
The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1
Free to attend
The Sydney Opera House is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconic buildings. It is a triumph of both architecture and engineering but Jorn Utzon's first, competition-winning sketches - prepared without the benefit of engineering advice - proved unbuildable. The technical challenges of the project, in a time when computing each design change took two to three weeks to complete, stretched the collaboration between the two disciplines to breaking point.
In his 2004 book The Saga of Sydney Opera House Peter Murray has written a unique account of the story behind the competition and building of the opera house. Using previously unpublished files and papers, the book 'unravels one of the most intriguing architectural controversies of recent times.' Drawing on this and other material that has come to light recently, his talk will explore the highs and lows of the project and its significant impact on the way we work now.
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