Download PDF by David Stouck: Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life

By David Stouck

ISBN-10: 1771000112

ISBN-13: 9781771000116

ISBN-10: 1771620994

ISBN-13: 9781771620994

Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent thinker architect, used to be well known across the world for his cutting 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 collage, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson sq. complicated on the center of town; and the beautiful Museum of Anthropology on the collage of British Columbia. trip used to be key to Erickson's inventive method; 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 elements of Canada-including Toronto's extensively sought after 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 constructions circulation the spirit with their poetic freshness and their venture to encourage. yet he used to be additionally a debatable determine, greater than as soon as attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his specialist achievements have been tarnished by means of the excesses of a classy own existence 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 buddies 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, strains the architect's lifestyles 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 innovative, incisive and compelling. Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his kinfolk, pals and consumers, in addition to the assets of in depth public files, identify is either an intimate portrait of the guy and a stirring account of the way Erickson made his structures paintings. superbly 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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