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By David Stouck

Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent thinker architect, used to be well known 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. 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. complicated on the center of town; and the beautiful Museum of Anthropology on the collage of British Columbia. go back and forth was once key to Erickson's inventive technique; 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 broadly well-liked 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 flow the spirit with their poetic freshness and their project 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 specialist achievements have been tarnished by means of the excesses of a classy own lifestyles that led to a sequence of tawdry bankruptcies. In a fall from grace that recollects a Greek tragedy, Canada's nice architect-a good-looking, based guy who lived like a millionaire and counted between his shut associates 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 previous biographies of Ethel Wilson and Sinclair Ross, demonstrates the following once more why his paintings has been praised as inventive, incisive and compelling. Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his family members, acquaintances and consumers, in addition to the assets of intensive public files, name is either an intimate portrait of the guy and a stirring account of the way 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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