RAIC – Open Letter – Robson Square vs the Vancouver Olympic Games

11 01 2008


Excerpt of the open letter sent to Premier Gordon Campbell from the President of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC), Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, concerning planned renovations for Robson Square for the next Winter Olympic Games:

« The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC), the voice for the architecture profession in Canada, has learned that you and your government are planning on making a significant physical change to Robson Square, an important architectural landmark and public space in Vancouver and North America.

I describe Robson Square as an architectural landmark because of its uniqueness as an architectural and urban design solution, the numerous awards it has received worldwide, and because of its architect, Arthur Erickson, FRAIC, who has received the RAIC Gold Medal – the highest honor the profession in Canada can bestow. Landmark buildings, just like designated historic structures, deserve due process to ensure that significant design changes respect and enhance the building. »

For more information – RAIC Letter

For more information – Robson Square

(Source: Sylvie Powell, Médialane Communications, RAIC. Photo credit: Howard Davis)




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