Talk:Jørn Utzon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
          This article is of interest to the following WikiProjects:
WikiProject Architecture (Rated B-class, Top-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Architecture, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Architecture on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
B-Class article B  This article has been rated as B-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Top  This article has been rated as Top-importance on the project's importance scale.
 
WikiProject Biography / Arts and Entertainment (Rated B-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Biography, a collaborative effort to create, develop and organize Wikipedia's articles about people. All interested editors are invited to join the project and contribute to the discussion. For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the documentation.
B-Class article B  This article has been rated as B-Class on the project's quality scale.
Taskforce icon
This article is supported by the arts and entertainment work group (marked as Mid-importance).
 
WikiProject Denmark (Rated B-class, High-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Denmark, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Denmark on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
B-Class article B  This article has been rated as B-Class on the project's quality scale.
 High  This article has been rated as High-importance on the project's importance scale.
 

Untitled[edit]

is anyone else considering reworking the utzon article? it is mainly about the opera house today, offering a somewhat limited picture of the architect.

and speaking of pictures, is this a worthy wikipedia link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/sets/72157600103941003/ ?

--SEIER+SEIER 00:04, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Australian?[edit]

Why is he categorized as Danish-Australian? He weren't born in Australia nor does he live there. Just because he worked there while the opera house was built doesn't make him Australian. EconomicsGuy (talk) 08:32, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

"Never saw his masterpiece in person."[edit]

Now that he's passed on, I'm sure it won't be long till someone again adds the oft-cited rumour that he never returned to Sydney to see the completed Opera House in person. As far as I can tell, this is heresay until a definitive reference can be provided. - Dudesleeper / Talk 15:07, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

"Jorn Utzon, an architect who designed one of the world’s most recognizable buildings — the Sydney Opera House — but never saw it finished, died in Copenhagen on Saturday. He was 90.
"When he was accepting the honorary doctorate in 2003, Jan Utzon said the fact that his father had never visited the opera house did not mean he had not experienced the building. “As its creator, he just has to close his eyes to see it,” he said."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/arts/design/30utzon.html --CapeCanaveral321 (talk) 22:00, 2 December 2008 (UTC)
And something that isn't an obit? It's difficult to prove that it isn't mostly lifted from Wikipedia. This would suffice as a reference for now, of course. - Dudesleeper / Talk 01:05, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

But it's quoting the daughter as saying that. It's not speculative or based on information written somewhere. It's also in Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country."--CapeCanaveral321 (talk) 04:56, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Dudesleeper, you describe it as a "rumour" that he never returned to Australia. If this were not the case, there'd be some record of his return. It would have made big news, particularly in Sydney. Search all you like, but I can guarantee you won't find anything that says he ever came back - because the fact is that he didn't. And why would he, after the absolutely shameful way he was treated here? His design was changed by politicians who never went to an opera in their lives, and knew nothing about acoustics or the space required to stage large internal events. At the official opening in 1973, his name was not so much as mentioned, not even once. Who would want to come back after that sort of treatment? -- JackofOz (talk) 05:11, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

He never did return. All the Danish obituaries carried that information and I can guarantee that at least the major newspapers did not use Wikipedia for that information as they have been following his career closely for many years. --Saddhiyama (talk) 12:12, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

"hmnn?"[edit]

Other biographies state he did follow other projects after the Opera house: http://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/u/utzon.htm (Sorry, Spanish) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 200.105.168.159 (talkcontribs) 1 December 2008

Ridiculous claim[edit]

"Utzon says his design was inspired by the simple act of peeling an orange: the 14 shells of the building, if combined, would form a perfect sphere."

This is a ridiculous claim. It comes from a Danish news website and was written in 2008, probably just after Utzon's death. The bit about the orange is true. The claim that there are 14 shells is demonstrably wrong - you can count them in the picture, and even if you count a pair of shells as "a shell", there is no way you can get to a count of 14. The claim that if you combine the shells, you get a perfect sphere, is also 100% journalistic invention.Lathamibird (talk) 12:26, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps confused. There is a detailed account of the orange inspiration and its confused reporting here. The "14" might be linked to an earlier design, the "perfect" an unfortunate wording. Suggest removing those two words and replacing the ref. --ELEKHHT 23:13, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

University of Hawaii Tenure[edit]

Utzon was a professor at the University of Hawaii after leaving Australia. Not sure how to mix that in given the current structure of the article. Someone should take on editing it. Citation below includes his tenure in Hawaii http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/29/AR2008112901906.html fullerton (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 16:09, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

Hello fellow Wikipedians,

I have just modified 2 external links on Jørn Utzon. Please take a moment to review my edit. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple FaQ for additional information. I made the following changes:

When you have finished reviewing my changes, please set the checked parameter below to true or failed to let others know (documentation at {{Sourcecheck}}).

Question? Archived sources still need to be checked

Cheers.—InternetArchiveBot (Report bug) 21:34, 20 July 2016 (UTC)