The Saga of Sydney Opera House: The Dramatic Story of the Design and Construction of the Icon of Modern Australia

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Spon Press, 2004 - Architecture - 164 pages
Probably the most popular building of the last century, Sydney Opera House is the icon of modern Australia. It has repaid its Au$100 million cost many times over, both as a tourist attraction and as a cultural center; as a brand, it is priceless. The story of its creation is one of both triumph and tragedy: universally loved these days, it was attacked by press and public when under construction. It is a masterpiece of modern architecture, yet Jorn Utzon, its designer, walked out before completion. Opinions are still divided over who was at fault when he resigned after a row with the client in 1966, and the story continues to rouse powerful passions to this day. Peter Murray's compelling and highly readable biography of the building presents both sides of the story. Using previously unpublished files and papers; Murray has managed to unravel one of the most intriguing architectural controversies of recent times - what really happened when they built Sydney Opera House.

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About the author (2004)

Peter Murray was born in Vancouver on July 25, 1928 of Scottish-English descent. With 30 years experience in the newspaper business, chiefly with the "Victoria Times Colonist", Peter Murray also edited a volume of the collected columns of Jack Scott, called "Great Scott!", and a collection of M.A. Grainger's previously uncollected writing entitled "Riding the Skyline". "The Vagabond Fleet" is Murray's history of West Coast sealing schooners and the dispute between Britain and the United States in the 1880s and 1890s over what is known as "pelagic sealing." During the "Bering Sea" controversy, Britain and the United States came close to war over the hunting of fur seals in open waters. A fleet of 150 sailing vessels converged on Victoria to hunt the northern fur seal. An international treaty in 1911 finally slowed the slaughter. Many of the seals that were killed indiscriminately sank before they could be recovered. "Home from the Hill" is a 'triography' on biographical materials pertaining to the lives of M.A. Grainger, Clive Phillips-Wolley and Warburton Pike, all of whom were authors who wrote about British Columbia.

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