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Help at the opera

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Jorn Utzon, now 80, may be difficult to entice from his beautiful Majorcan house, even though Denton Corker Marshall of Australia has approached him to help refurbish his Sydney Opera House. Perhaps someone else could lend a hand: step forward Yuzo Mikami (co-designer with Ove Arup of the Grade-I Durham footbridge) and former riba honorary librarian James Thomas. Seen together in London, following Professor Mikami's lecture in Edinburgh, perhaps they were discussing further involvement in Sydney Opera House - they worked together in Utzon's office in Denmark in the late 1950s.

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