Utzon Symposium

What would Utzon do Now?

Architecture | City Marking | Political Economy | Heritage

The 4th International Utzon Symposium
7-9 March 2014
Sydney Opera House

Utzon Symposium

What would Utzon do Now?
The 4th International Utzon Symposium.
7th- 9th March 2014, Utzon Room, The Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
"An excellent forum for dissemination of and discussion upon the diverse range of issues surrounding Utzon's legacy. It proved stimulating, insightful and informative. Many of the speakers demonstrated depth of understanding and collectively represented a considerable body of academic knowledge. The keynote speakers supported the range of subjects within the Symposium perfectly." - Anon, Utzon Synposium feedback survey

A collaboration between UNSW Built Environment, the Jørn Utzon Research Network (JURN) and the Utzon Research Center (URC), the University of Portsmouth, UK and Aalborg University, Denmark, the Fourth International Utzon Symposium extended previous research on Utzon’s oeuvre and asked the question,‘What would Utzon do now?’

Jørn Utzon (1918-2008) is internationally recognised as one of the most original, innovative and socially concerned of modern architects and, perhaps, one of the greatest exponents of the humanistic Nordic tradition within modern architecture.
Utzon is best known for his poetic public architecture, such as the Bagsværd Church in Denmark, the Meli Bank in Tehran, the Kuwait National Assembly and, of course, the international icon that is the Sydney Opera House. It is appropriate that the debate surrounding Utzon should return to the location of his most significant yet controversial creation and be inspired by Utzon’s legacy.  
Centered around the themes of Architecture, City Making, Political Economy and Heritage, the Symposium was designed to be inter-disciplinary - reflecting Utzon’s diverse influences and attributes – and explore advances in the design, delivery and management of architecture and, more broadly, urban environments. 
The Symposium’s objectives were: to promote debate about the role of cultural production within urban contexts; encourage dialogue across cultural, political and economic boundaries; and contribute to the current thinking in academia and practice regarding the tensions and synergies between cultural production, politics, economy and the city.
Bringing together leading academics, practitioners and students from across the globe, the Symposium featured keynote speakers from Asia, the USA, Europe and Australia and a selection of the Symposium’s academic papers will be published in book form.
The Symposium was followed by a week-long Utzon Workshop located on Bruny Island, Tasmania, where key symposium themes were further examined and tested. For more information visit the UTAS webpage.

Architecture; Contemporary Heritage; Digital Media; Interior Design; Performance Design; Practice; Product Design; Structures; Tectonics; Theory/Non-theory; Transcultural Influences

City Economy; City-Scape; Form; Icons; Landscape; Place-scape; Philosophy, Significance and Practice of Heritage; Urbanism; Urban Design
Political Economy
Branding; Culture; Cultural Production; Development Finance; Globalisation; Identity; Infrastructure; Place; Public Policy

Conservation of Architecture of The 20th Century – Philosophy, Significance and Practice
Changing Relevance; Heritage Planning; Theoretical Frameworks for Assessing Aesthetics; Spatial Qualities as a Criterion of Significance; Contemporary Heritage- Concepts and Technical Challenges ; New Technologies


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