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 such a lot celebrated large-scale works are 3 that helped to outline Vancouver's city panorama: Simon Fraser college, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson sq. advanced on the middle of the town; and the beautiful Museum of Anthropology on the college of British Columbia. trip was once key to Erickson's artistic procedure; 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 extensively renowned Roy Thomson Hall--but for websites within the united states, Britain, and the center and much East. Erickson labored mainly in concrete, which he known as "the marble of our times," and at any place they seem, his structures circulation the spirit with their poetic freshness and their undertaking to motivate. yet he was once additionally a arguable determine, greater than as soon as attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his expert achievements have been tarnished by way of the excesses of a classy own existence that led to a chain of tawdry bankruptcies. In a fall from grace that recollects a Greek tragedy, Canada's nice architect-a good-looking, dependent 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 lifestyles from its modest origins to his emergence at the global degree. 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 imaginitive, incisive and compelling. Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his kin, neighbors and consumers, in addition to the assets of intensive public files, identify is either an intimate portrait of the guy and a stirring account of ways Erickson made his constructions paintings. fantastically written and beautifully researched, it's also a provocative examine the phenomenon of cultural heroes and the character of what we name "genius."

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