About Arthur Erickson:
Arthur Charles Erickson 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.
There is a single thread of attitude, a single direction of flow, that joins our present time to its early burgeoning in Mediterranean civilization.
Part of our western outlook stems from the scientific attitude and its method of isolating the parts of a phenomenon in order to analyze them.
With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.
Architecture doesn't come from theory. You don't think your way through a building.
Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.
Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
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.
The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.
Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.
Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.
Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?
The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.
Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression.
Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it.
We settled this continent without art. So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury, not a necessity.
Our settlement of land is without regard to the best use of land.
Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.
You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film.