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Jorn Utzon and Transcultural Essentialism

Author/EditorCarter, Adrian (Bond University, Austral (Author)
Sarvimaki, Marja (Bond University, Austr (Author)
ISBN: 9780367555894
Pub Date31/05/2023
BindingPaperback
Pages246
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
The volume includes numerous previously unpublished photographs, drawings and interviews with Utzon's family members, former students and colleagues, offering a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge for any architecture scholar interested in Utzon's work and design principles.
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This book introduces and defines the burgeoning concepts of transculturalism and essentialism and how they relate to one another, as articulated with reference to the work of Jorn Utzon. It introduces critical contemporary perspectives of the design thinking and career of this renowned Danish architect, internationally recognised for his competition-winning, iconic design for the Sydney Opera House - an outstanding exemplar of transcultural essentialism in architecture.

Transcultural essentialism is analysed through the lens of critical regionalism and architectural phenomenology, with emphasis on the sense of place and tectonics in Utzon's architectural works. It provides a new understanding of the Danish architect as an early proponent of a still emergent and increasingly relevant direction in architecture. Going beyond biographical studies, it presents a more comprehensive understanding of the broad range of transcultural influences that formed his thinking.

The volume includes numerous previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and interviews with Utzon's family members, former students, and colleagues, offering a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge for any architecture scholar interested in Utzon's work and design principles. The book also comprises a Foreword by eminent architecture theorist Juhani Pallasmaa in which he provides insights into the wider architectural and cultural context of Utzon's worldview.

This book introduces and defines the burgeoning concepts of transculturalism and essentialism and how they relate to one another, as articulated with reference to the work of Jorn Utzon. It introduces critical contemporary perspectives of the design thinking and career of this renowned Danish architect, internationally recognised for his competition-winning, iconic design for the Sydney Opera House - an outstanding exemplar of transcultural essentialism in architecture.

Transcultural essentialism is analysed through the lens of critical regionalism and architectural phenomenology, with emphasis on the sense of place and tectonics in Utzon's architectural works. It provides a new understanding of the Danish architect as an early proponent of a still emergent and increasingly relevant direction in architecture. Going beyond biographical studies, it presents a more comprehensive understanding of the broad range of transcultural influences that formed his thinking.

The volume includes numerous previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and interviews with Utzon's family members, former students, and colleagues, offering a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge for any architecture scholar interested in Utzon's work and design principles. The book also comprises a Foreword by eminent architecture theorist Juhani Pallasmaa in which he provides insights into the wider architectural and cultural context of Utzon's worldview.

Adrian Carter, Architect MAA (DK), is Professor of Architecture at Bond University, Queensland, Australia, previously at the Aarhus School of Architecture and later Aalborg University, Denmark. Born in Southampton, the UK, he gained his Master of Architecture at Portsmouth School of Architecture, with further studies in Urban Design with Jan Gehl, at The Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen and Phenomenology in Architecture with Dalibor Vesely, at the University of Cambridge. He has worked with Reima Pietila, Niels Torp, Henning Larsen, Ken Woolley, and Dissing+Weitling. A recognised expert with a PhD (The Utzon Paradigm) on the work of Jorn Utzon, he was the inaugural Director of the Utzon Research Center and responsible for the realisation of the Utzon Center building on the Aalborg harbourfront, designed by Jorn Utzon. Marja Sarvimaki, Architect SAFA, is Associate Professor at the Bond University in Australia. Previously she taught architectural history-theory and design studios at the University of Hawaii, USA. She was born in Helsinki, Finland, and earned her MArch and PhD at the Helsinki University of Technology (current Aalto University). She also has pursued studies on Japanese architecture at the Tokyo National University of Arts and conducted her post-doctoral research on Korean architecture at the Korea University. In addition to her doctoral dissertation, which comprised extensive fieldwork in East Asia, her work includes numerous later publications on East Asian cultures as well as architectural research methodology. Sarvimaki's current research focuses on modernism in the Asia-Pacific region.

1. Introduction 2. Craft tradition and embodied knowledge 3. The experience, inspiration of and work within other cultures 4. Thematic analysis 5. Transcultural essentialism: an emergent direction in architecture Index

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