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ARTHUR ERICKSON: AN ARCHITECT'S LIFE. David Stouck. Douglas & McIntyre Limited, Vancouver, 2013. 496 pp. with 39 ills. 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781771000116 In English.
Paperbound reprint available Spring 2016 at $24.95 (ISBN 978-1-77162-099-4). Publisher's description: Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent philosopher architect, was renowned internationally for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic vision of architecture for people. Among his most celebrated large-scale works are three that helped to define Vancouver's urban landscape: Simon Fraser University, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson Square complex at the heart of the city; and the exquisite Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia... But he was also a controversial figure, more than once attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his professional achievements were tarnished by the excesses of a complicated personal life that resulted in a series of tawdry bankruptcies. In a fall from grace that recalls a Greek tragedy, Canada's great architect-a handsome, elegant man who lived like a millionaire and counted among his close friends Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor-eventually became homeless and penniless. This first full biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 at the age of 84, traces his life from its modest origins to his emergence on the world stage.
Artist(s):Erickson, Arthur
Indexing: Western — Canada — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Architecture, (Auto)Biography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 151648
Hardcover $34.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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