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Arthur Charles Erickson, CC (June 14, 1924 – May 20, 2009) was a Canadian architect and urban planner. He studied Asian languages at the University of British Columbia, and later earned a degree in architecture from McGill University

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Arthur Erickson


With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.

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Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.

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Tahiti has been spoiled for many years, but Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in one of the great ancient cultures which is still alive.

Arthur Erickson


Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.

Arthur Erickson


Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.

Arthur Erickson


The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before.

Arthur Erickson


The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land.

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The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.

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No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them.

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The innovative spirit was America's strongest attribute, transforming everything into a brave new world, but there lingered an insecurity about the arts.

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Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.

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We have today a fairly thorough knowledge of the early Greco-Roman period because our motivations are the same.

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I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn't destroy other cultures with the force of our own.

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After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.

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In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition behind their building methods, techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect.

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