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Jorn again

A select group gathered for the London launch of Richard Weston's magnificent Utzon tome, surely in line for every architectural book award going. Publisher Torsten Bløndal was in attendance, a perfectionist who pulped an initial run of the book because the scans did not meet his exacting standards. So too was Utzon's principal assistant, Mogens PripBuus - of whom Utzon always says 'he knows more about me than I do'; Françoise Fromonot, author of the best previous book on Utzon; and John Pardey, who has made many new drawings for the book. The Utzon roadshow was on parade again the following evening in the Welsh School of Architecture's main lecture theatre, where Dr David Grant, the university's new vicechancellor, introduced Weston to a packed house of 170. A lavish reception took place against the backdrop of an exhibition of houses by Utzon, Pierre d'Avoine, and the School's own staff and visiting tutors. Arup's Cardiff office sponsored the reception; in view of the delicate relationship between Utzon and Arup, a nice touch.

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