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Sydney Opera House student exchange connects a new generation of Australians with Denmark

September 23, 2013 Corporate No Comments Email Email

A new tertiary student exchange between Australia and Denmark will strengthen the profound cultural and professional links between the two countries first forged by the Sydney Opera House.

The Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, or MADE by the Opera House, will give five Australian students the opportunity to travel to Denmark and five Danish students to Australia for each of the next ten years.

MADE by the Opera House is a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation and supported by MADE partners Arup and Steensen Varming, both of which have been associated with the Opera House since construction began, the NSW Architects Registration Board, and three Danish foundations, The Bikuben Foundation, The Dreyer Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation.

Participants in the six-week program will be drawn from the disciplines that collaborated in the Opera House’s construction – architecture, engineering and design – and will work on a multidisciplinary project in the host country. The first Australian cohort of students will be hosted by Henning Larsen Architects.

Applications for the first Australian cohort close on 1 October and the inaugural recipients will be announced at a special event on 25 October as part of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.

The CEO of the Sydney Opera House, Louise Herron, said MADE by the Opera House would create 100 alumni over ten years to enrich the Danish-Australian relationship and encourage collaboration across disciplines.

“MADE by the Opera House builds on the special connection between Australia and Denmark first forged by Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece,” Ms Herron said. “It is all about taking the sort of cross-disciplinary collaboration that gave birth to Australia’s most celebrated building into new generations. By the time the Opera House celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2023, MADE will have created a living legacy of 100 alumni with a deeper understanding of contemporary international practice across disciplines and hemispheres.”

Dr Marianne Foley, Arup’s Sydney office leader, said Arup was a firm believer in holistic design. “Arup is involved in MADE to encourage and promote cross-disciplinary interaction between engineering, architecture and design students and as a celebration of its ongoing relationship with the Opera House.”

Steensen Varming managing director Dan Mackenzieunderlined the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration. “In a world that suffers from diverging relationships between designers and the construction industry, Steensen Varming’s support of MADE aims to encourage collaborative processes. The Opera House is an example of innovative solutions flourishing in response to a complex architectural form, demanding performance requirements and challenging contractual issues that were only made possible through such an approach being adopted by the original team.”

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