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Construction is an exercise in frugality and compromise. To see their work realized, architects have to juggle the demands of developers, contractors, clients, engineers—sometimes even governments. The resulting concessions often leave designers with a bruised ego and a dissatisfying architectural result. While these architects always do their best to rectify any problems, some disputes get so heated that the architect feels they have no choice but to walk away from their own work. Here are 6 of the most notable examples: 1. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia While now widely considered one of the most iconic examples of 20th-century architecture, Jorn Utzon’s stunning Sydney Opera House emerged despite a bitter conflict with the New South Wales government and Utzon's eventual resignation. Utzon’s relationship with Sydney’s Minister for Public Works Davis Hughes was extremely contentious. When Utzon wouldn’t budge on his intricate wooden window, corridor, and seating designs, Hughes scoffed and labeled the architect an “impractical dreamer.” As the ensuing battle between vision and budget worsened, Utzon, who infamously referred to the debacle as “Malice in Blunderland," dramatically quit. He never returned to Australia, and never saw the completed Opera House in person. View more View full description
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