Monocle on Design

Remembering Jørn Utzon

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4 December 2018

Episode 373

30 minutes


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On the centenary of celebrated (and controversial) Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s birth, we assess his best-known work: the Sydney Opera House. Plus: Pentagram’s latest partner Yuri Suzuki on sound and we find out how to design a fire.

4 December 2018

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Chapter 1

Jørn Utzon

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We speak to Lasse Andersson and Line Nørskov Eriksen from Denmark’s Utzon Center at a new exhibition about Jørn Utzon’s life and work at the Sydney Opera House.

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Chapter 2

4 minutes


Photo: Martha Sturdy

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How to build a fire

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Canadian artist and designer Martha Sturdy burns reclaimed cedar to showcase the natural beauty of wood.

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Chapter 3

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Utzon Unbuilt

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A new competition gives architects and designers the opportunity to reimagine some of Jørn Utzon’s unbuilt projects.

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Chapter 4

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Photo: Mark Cocksedge

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Meeting Yuri Suzuki

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Pentagram’s new partner Yuri Suzuki talks about the growing importance of sound as an element of design.

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