Transcultural Tectonic Connections: The Utzon Paradigm

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This paper presents an understanding of Jørn Utzon, as one of the most profound exponents of a transcultural and tectonic approach to modern architecture in the late twentieth century. The paper will examine the sources of inspiration, intersections and connections in Utzon’s architecture; which have been informed by his understanding of boat-building, reference to nature, extensive travels and broad transcultural influences. The paper will also consider to what extent Utzon’s work can be seen to have been a precursor and direct influence upon subsequent developments within architecture, together with his continuing contemporary relevance. With particular consideration of the ways in which Utzon’s approach to architectural design and form provide a pedagogic model for the creative development of students of architecture and source of inspiration to current practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond architecture
Subtitle of host publicationNew intersections and connections
Place of PublicationHawaii
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780-578-1357-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference on Architectural Research: Beyond architecture: New intersections & connections - University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 12 Feb 201415 Feb 2014


ConferenceARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference on Architectural Research
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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