Friday, April 15, 2011

Australia's Bridges: Sydney Harbour Bridge (and Sydney Opera House)

March 2011 (-33.852 deg., 151.211 deg.) Sydney Harbour Bridge

Taking the ferry back into Sydney provides a nice view of the Sydney Opera House under the Harbour Bridge. The Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon (the construction engineer was Ove Arup). There were many problems during construction and Utzon eventually resigned as head architect. 

The Tall Bridge Guy mentioned the value of having a famous engineer or architect design your iconic structure. One value of being famous is that you can more easily handle whatever problems occur. I don't think that Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava would get bent out of shape by cost overruns or construction problems. The owner hires competent professionals to ensure their vision is executed. Utzon's reputation was damaged by all the problems that occurred and he never designed another iconic structure.
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Australia's Bridges: Sydney Harbour Bridge (and Sydney Opera House) by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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