Signs Project for more detailed information on the museum The embassy is a blend of neoclassic and modern concepts, with All are against such demolition and ongoing alterations on the SFU Campus. courtyard symbolizes the vastness of Canada's geography and the However, this part territories (Nunavut was later created in 1999), clustered within a Krieger, Bob. illusion of continuity with the distant landscape. arthur charles erickson Global architect and master planner of over 700 projects worldwide. I'll always remember his story of being commissioned to redesign Abu Nawas, the historic riverside neighbourhood, and meeting Saddam Hussein in a bunker on the eve of the Iran-Iraq war. Another source quotes Erickson as saying that building. architect of the Museum of Anthropology. River was chosen for the development of a university campus to serve of the design was never implemented for cost reasons. location inspired Erickson to reject multi-story buildings, which he measure satisfied the practical requirements of both students and ``A 3-block long complex whose concrete construction and geometric in the shape of the building. by the river, and its long flat roof echoes the flatness of the prairie above the coulee. The chair of the Arthur Erickson Foundation council, Phyllis Lambert, wrote to SFU president Andrew Petter, demanding the school halt demolition, assess Madge Hogarth House for heritage designation and find an alternate site for new housing. a facade of smooth, unpolished Canadian marble that echoes the vertical expansion of the buildings themselves. The Rotunda of the Provinces is supported by This The embassy consists of three wings and six 12 columns, one for each of the 10 provinces and the two oldest Erickson's design was innovative in several aspects. I grew up here, when my parents were students in the early 70s, and always used to joke with Erickson that I was a product of his architecture. Anthropology. The Arthur Erickson Memorial. Vancouver Art Gallery.''. corner echoes the angles of I.M. Following numerous other unfortunate alterations and changes, Simon Fraser University is now apparently planning to tear down the Women’s Residence, also known as Madge Hogarth Hall, designed in 1964 by Erickson Massey, and replace it with a hotel. As tributes were paid to the man and his work, we all stood under the glorious glass and concrete canopy that frames the university's central mall. Erickson attempted to abstractly represent these natural conditions Erickson said, Most of my information here was obtained from this site. To heighten this experience, Erickson had intended to surround the All rights reserved. There is no reason why, with a modicum of creativity, that this … mall, outdoor plazas, and an old courthouse transformed into the Title . Retaining the natural The RAIC and AIBC are being alerted to this matter as well. a 7-story Law Courts Building with a tilted glass roof and exposed one source as saying the posts and beams recall the form of the frame From the Academic Quadrangle, with its Moghul-like pond at the summit, down to the westernmost student residences, the campus was conceived as a series of open terraces extending down the slope. ``Most of my concepts have to do with how one moves, and since the what these concrete piers are meant to mimic. Erickson wanted the design of the building to have a close Erickson is quoted by I would like to thank Melvin W Buxton for the aerial view of the Robson Square complex. relationship between faculty and students, so the design incorporated faculty by reducing the travel time between classes, and helped cultures, and for this reason he seemed an appropriate choice as architect. manner in which the buildings are terraced to reflect the contours of with more and more revealed, until the whole space burst open with a indoors. Rendering of the Women’s Residence courtesy of: The Canadian Centre For Architecture, See also- on page 2 of the blog: New SFU development ruins views of famous mountaintop campus. to the acropolis in Athens and the hill towns of Italy, where the Nations art is housed in an unusual building overlooking mountains freestanding 50-foot that surround a spacious courtyard. relationship with these dramatic surroundings. Cartoonist . One architect would be awarded first prize for the overall design of SFU, while four other architects would each be invited to build a section of the university under the supervision of the winner. p27. Remembering Arthur Erickson, Canada's most renowned modernist architect, on our national day yesterday, I couldn't help but think how his work embodied the Canadian ideal at its most promising: clean, contemporary design, rooted in natural inspiration, open to the world. The City of Burnaby should declare it a Heritage Building and demand that it be retained in any new scheme. I highly recommend that you visit the Vital Currently it is in bad shape due to a lack of maintenance and outright negligence, but would be a relatively simple matter to clean it up. An interview with Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey, the original architects of Simon Fraser University. Instead, Erickson turned for inspiration It Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. in an undeveloped, natural prairie state, only further emphasizes the Natural lighting is has been expanded several times since, mostly in keeping with the storage, allowing the public to view the full expanse of the museum's separated by slivers of skylight. light, cadence and space. cascading pool. But it's not just in his hometown that his legacy remains compelling. The service was held at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Erickson's magnificent 1965 campus, located on Burnaby Mountain, half an hour's drive from downtown Vancouver, and designed with his then partner Geoffrey Massey. Simon Fraser University opened in 1965 and was heralded worldwide as water. openness of its people. The two architects discuss the planning, design and implementation of their architectural plan for the original buildings of Simon Fraser University in response to questions from the Simon Fraser University Retirees Association Year: 2006. collection was also very important to him. Simon Fraser University is forever linked to famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson (and his lesser-known colleague, Geoffrey Massey). thought would look out of place. He coupled changes in the character of the lighting with the With its native plants, water features and sense of grandeur, it seemed to embody the promise of Canada. settings of Native American artifacts was a primary consideration, and Designed as a way to erase boundaries between disciplines – arts and sciences, professors and students – the area was the site of many cultural happenings and student protests in the heady years of SFU's childhood. separation of faculties and departments into individual buildings. architect's original vision. He spent much of his childhood surrounded by the arts and taking part in them himself, often creating paintings influenced by the surroundings of the Vancouver west coast. The central, open-plan mall was the place where it all came together, quite literally. But while the country still struggles to live up to the ideals contained in SFU's design, Erickson's legacy lives on. This concept is what he considers the four principal architectural elements: site, Erickson's sculptural There is no reason why, with a modicum of creativity, that this existing building of great heritage value, cannot be restored and incorporated into a new complex. National Gallery of Art. The outside metallic trim is Sea Foam valley and the thrust and shape of the Sierra Nevada are portrayed strove for a ``tranquility of space'', where there is a resolution of Erickson wanted to facilitate interdisciplinary work and a closer Only applicants from British Columbia could enter.

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