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There is possibly no more a famous architect to Australians than the Danish designer, Jørn Utzon: the architect of the much-loved Sydney Opera House is synonymous with precision detailing and Modernist aesthetic. It is, then, quite fitting that a public lecture series – hosted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) – should be named in his honour.
Now in its fourth year, the Built Environment Utzon Lecture Series promotes discourse across scales, typologies, form, and does so from a variety of global vantages. Leading practitioners and critics discuss architectural design, delivery and management.
Officially launched in March 2010 by Jan Utzon, the architect’s son, the series has gone from strength to strength. Just last month director of the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism (AGSU) at UNSW, professor Alan Peters, examined the perceived negative impact of Australia’s planning system on the Sydney housing market – in a lecture entitled ‘Does too much urban planning result in higher housing prices or slower economic growth – a broader view’.
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The series is held on a monthly basis at the UNSW Kensington campus, Sydney. The next lecture is on 16 October with world-renowned housing economist and urban policy expert, professor George Galster. His lecture is entitled ‘Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City’. Galster will unpack ideas on the social history of one of America’s most troubled cities, and demonstrates how the once-thriving industrial powerhouse was transformed within half a century into a dysfunctional metropolis.
The Utzon lectures are held on a monthly basis. For more information visit: www.be.unsw.edu.au/utzon/about