Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life by David Stouck

By David Stouck

Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent thinker architect, used to be popular across the world for his leading edge method of panorama, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic imaginative and prescient of structure for individuals. between his so much celebrated large-scale works are 3 that helped to outline Vancouver's city panorama: Simon Fraser college, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson sq. complicated on the middle of the town; and the beautiful Museum of Anthropology on the collage of British Columbia. trip was once key to Erickson's inventive procedure; floating excessive above the clouds on prolonged airline flights, he made initial drawings on vellum along with his fine-point black felt-tip pen, designing influential works not just for different components of Canada-including Toronto's commonly favorite 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 times," and anywhere they seem, his constructions circulate the spirit with their poetic freshness and their venture to motivate. yet he used to be additionally a debatable determine, greater than as soon as attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his expert achievements have been tarnished through the excesses of a sophisticated own existence that led to a chain of tawdry bankruptcies. In a fall from grace that remembers a Greek tragedy, Canada's nice architect-a good-looking, stylish guy who lived like a millionaire and counted between his shut associates Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor-eventually turned homeless and penniless.

This first complete biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 on the age of eighty-four, strains the architect's existence from its modest origins to his emergence at the global level. writer David Stouck, acclaimed for his past biographies of Ethel Wilson and Sinclair Ross, demonstrates the following once more why his paintings has been praised as creative, incisive and compelling. Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his relations, neighbors and consumers, in addition to the assets of in depth public information, name is either an intimate portrait of the fellow and a stirring account of ways Erickson made his structures paintings. fantastically 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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