Sydney Opera House Book. Arup Chapter

MY SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BOOK CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER … The title is part of a comment made by architect Jorn Utzon in an interview he gave in 1970, three years before the building, completed by Australian architects Peter Hall, David Littlemore and Lionel Todd, opened. When Utzon was re-engaged as the Sydney Opera House’s architect in 1999 … Continue reading Sydney Opera House Book. Arup Chapter

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The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

What’s different about my book is that it considers how the Sydney Opera House is brought to life. As the economics of publishing has pushed architecture books towards the profession, with the life, the “program” outside their scope, I describe performances and food culture that could only happen at the Opera House. The resident Australian … Continue reading The Sydney Opera House is a Living Thing

Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll

With my Sydney Opera House book now complete I’m now thinking about how to continue combining music and architecture criticism, particularly focused on how rock’n’roll is evolving as an artform within cultural institutions. Two days ago Nick Cave sent out this message to everyone on his mailing list: “I’ve been feeling for a while that … Continue reading Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll

20 Page Reg Mombassa Magazine in my Sydney Opera House Book

THE 20 PAGE REG MOMBASSA MAGAZINE WITHIN MY SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BOOK … The photograph shows the first stage in the assembly of the book in the Editions Ballard Studio. The pages folded up into sections allow me to figure out the width of the spine, so I can have the spine pieces laser cut. … Continue reading 20 Page Reg Mombassa Magazine in my Sydney Opera House Book

Some thoughts on the Australian Music Vault

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT As much as a museum-like exhibit can the Australian Music Vault conveys the frisson of wildness around the rock’n’roll of a particular period, not the cliches of the wild behaviour of individuals, but the fiercely urgent sensation of something uniquely aligned with its time spontaneously emerging. My mind … Continue reading Some thoughts on the Australian Music Vault