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From Poisoned Chalice to Social Icon: An Accelerated History to Now

The story of the Sydney Opera House – including the events surrounding the departure of Utzon – are well known, but architectural historian and author Dr Anne Watson’s research reveals a deeper story full of intrigue. Ongoing collaboration between the exiled Utzon and Peter Hall’s local team produced the remarkable building we know today – a global icon that continues to grow in status and recognition. Combining digital ethnography and data analytics, Dr Cristina Garduño Freeman shares a new way to measure the social value of architectural icons – with implications for World heritage. Join us for an accelerated history of Australia’s most famous building – from poisoned chalice to social icon.

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