Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life by David Stouck

By David Stouck

Arthur Erickson, Canada's preeminent thinker architect, used to be popular the world over for his leading edge method of panorama, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic imaginative and prescient of structure for individuals.

Among his so much celebrated large-scale works are 3 that helped to outline Vancouver's city panorama: Simon Fraser collage, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson sq. advanced on the center of the town; and the beautiful Museum of Anthropology on the collage of British Columbia.

Travel was once key to Erickson's artistic method; floating excessive above the clouds on prolonged airline flights, he made initial drawings on vellum together with his fine-point black felt-tip pen, designing influential works not just for different components of Canada-including Toronto's generally fashionable Roy Thomson Hall--but for websites within the united states, Britain, and the center and much East.

Erickson labored mainly in concrete, which he referred to as the marble of our occasions, and at any place they seem, his constructions circulate the spirit with their poetic freshness and their challenge to motivate. yet he used to be additionally a arguable determine, greater than as soon as attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his specialist achievements have been tarnished by way of the excesses of a sophisticated own lifestyles that led to a sequence of tawdry bankruptcies.

In a fall from grace that remembers a Greek tragedy, Canada's nice architect-a good-looking, based guy who lived like a millionaire and counted between his shut acquaintances Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor-eventually grew to become homeless and penniless.

This first complete biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 on the age of eighty-four, lines the architect's existence from its modest origins to his emergence at the international level. writer David Stouck, acclaimed for his prior biographies of Ethel Wilson and Sinclair Ross, demonstrates the following once more why his paintings has been praised as resourceful, incisive and compelling.

Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his family members, neighbors and consumers, in addition to the assets of intensive public information, name is either an intimate portrait of the guy and a stirring account of the way Erickson made his structures paintings.

Beautifully written and fantastically researched, it's also a provocative examine the phenomenon of cultural heroes and the character of what we name genius.

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The visitor’s experience at the water treatment plant culminates in a river-view lookout via a stream and path that explains nature’s method of water purification. Opposite: The still water surrounding the meeting room allows sedimentation to occur and provides a calm backdrop for events held in the space. 50 / 51 64' 0 64’ Above: An early concept sketch of the garden wall with plant facilities on one side and landscaped public space on the other. Future areas for expansion of the plant’s capacity are dashed in on the aerial sketch.

Bottom left: The sun-shading system is made from off-the-shelf components and is held away from the exterior facade to allow operable windows to pivot into the space created between the building and the sunshades. This protects the interior from solar gain when the building is in full natural-ventilation mode. Bottom right: The building expression derives from a desire for the building to appear as light and airy as possible. The steel frame is exposed on the exterior and interior, forming a suspended box infilled with glass.

The visitor’s experience at the water treatment plant culminates in a river-view lookout via a stream and path that explains nature’s method of water purification. Opposite: The still water surrounding the meeting room allows sedimentation to occur and provides a calm backdrop for events held in the space. 50 / 51 64' 0 64’ Above: An early concept sketch of the garden wall with plant facilities on one side and landscaped public space on the other. Future areas for expansion of the plant’s capacity are dashed in on the aerial sketch.

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