June 27, 2019
Called "a bold, contemplative work of urban design", Robson Square is a three-block civic complex anchored by Justice – the Law Courts and glass-roofed Great Hall – and Culture, the conversion of the earlier courthouse into the Vancouver Art Gallery, all magnificently integrated into a terraced public park with landscaped areas, both open and intimate. The EXPLORING ROBSON SQUARE event was a self-guided tour which began with an introduction by Donald Luxton in the Great Hall, followed by a walk with stationed guides, including James Cheng, Eva Matsuzaki, Barry Johns and other special guests. Each brought their own unique perspective to how the building and landscape were designed, including the ingenious “stramps”, the cascading waterfalls and the grand public spaces. Registrants (and all AEF members) gained complimentary access to TELLING THE ROBSON SQUARE STORY, a separate event with reception and facilitated discussion immediately following the final tour. Speakers included Bob Williams, James Cheng, Eva Matsuzaki, Barry Johns and Cornelia Oberlander.
March 28, 2019
Through a multi-year effort by many individuals, businesses and institutions, the Evergreen Building has not just been saved from demolition, but fully preserved. The first example of 1970s Modernist architecture to be both historically designated and fully restored in Western Canada, this reception and presentation publicly told the full story of how the Evergreen Building was saved then preserved, in the words of those who did it. Read more >>
June 22, 2018
A special presentation from a diverse set of notable figures in architecture, landscape architecture, media, academia, heritage, and business. It is said that an image is worth a thousand words. Each speaker shared their own thousand words in response to an image from Arthur Erickson's legacy and in turn, shared how it inspires their future. Click for video:
Abu Nuwas project rendering: Robert McIlhargey