Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life by David StouckArthur Erickson: An Architect's Life by David Stouck

Arthur Erickson: An Architect's Life

byDavid Stouck

Hardcover | September 6, 2013

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At long last, here is a book of critical thought that analyzes Arthur Erickson's best work and situates it as a distinctive body of ideas within the mainstream of international architecture in the last half of the twentieth century. Nicholas Olsberg draws on Erickson's own discussion of ideas to present a thoughtful and illuminating reassessment of his most important work. Ricardo Castro's photography captures essential passages of the works as they have matured into their settings. Archival photographs, study models, drawings and plans show how the designs were evolved and their intent conveyed. Essays from Edward Dimendberg, Laurent Stalder and Georges Teyssot add an international and critical context.

This book was published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

David Stouck is a biographer whose works include Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography, shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize, and Collecting Stamps Would Have Been More Fun: The Correspondence of Sinclair Ross 1933-86, a finalist for the Alberta Book Prize. With Myler Wilkinson, he edited Genius of Place: Writing about British Columbia...
Title:Arthur Erickson: An Architect's LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 6, 2013Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771000112

ISBN - 13:9781771000116

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from David Stouck's biography of Arthur Erickson In this new book about Arthur Erickson, David Stouck has written a truly accomplished biography in which he brings his distinguished subject to life, in all his brilliance, humanity, and idiosyncracy, in a balanced and honest way. Most of all, it is an extremely readable account, interesting not just to historians of architecture, but to ordinary readers--the emphasis here is on "the architect's life"--who get hooked early in the narrative and stay engaged until the book's end and the death of this remarkable "philosopher-architect".
Date published: 2014-02-26

Editorial Reviews

"David Stouck offers an intimate and truly fascinating portrait of the complex and contradictory 'starchitect' who was at the heart of Canadian art and design for more than half a century." -- Ross King, author of "Defiant Spirits"  "David Stouck's book is admirably candid about Erickson's architectural excesses, his bankruptcy, his sexuality, and the celebrity craving of his later years. Yet the reader recognizes Erickson's genius not only in his greatest works, such as Simon Fraser University and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, but in his extraordinary perceptions of what humans could and should do. The pages come alive with a young Leonard Bernstein playing the piano in a forties Vancouver salon, Frank Lloyd Wright presiding at Taliesin, Duke Ellington joining Erickson's graduation party, and Erickson and Pierre Trudeau swimming au naturel in a Laurentian lake. A remarkable biography of an exceptional artist.” -- John English, author of "Citizen of the World" and "Just Watch Me"