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Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life

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Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent philosopher architect, was renowned internationally for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic vision of architecture for people. Among his most celebrated large-scale works are three that helped to define Vancouver's urban landscape: Simon Fraser University, on Burnaby Mountain; the ...more
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Published May 17th 2014 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published November 1st 2012)
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Mary
Feb 25, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
In this new book about Arthur Erickson, David Stouck has written a truly accomplished biography in which he brings his distinguished subject to life, in all his brilliance, humanity, and idiosyncracy, in a balanced and honest way. Most of all, it is an extremely readable account, interesting not just to historians of architecture, but to ordinary readers--the emphasis here is on "the architect's life"--who get hooked early in the narrative and stay engaged until the book's end and the death of ...more
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I attended one semester at Erickson-designed SFU. That was a hard fall/winter for my first year of university, trudging up Burnaby Mountain to class during a bus strike. Erickson's fondness for concrete, the modern "marble", didn't help matters. Everywhere I looked there was grey--the sky, the ground, the architecture. Very depressing.

I read the book to find out a bit more about the man who composed SFU with wide open spaces in mind. I did learn more about this eccentric philosopher-builder, but
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