Open Letter - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada - Premier Gordon Campbell



    OTTAWA, Jan. 10 /CNW Telbec/ -


    January 10, 2008

    The Honourable Gordon Campbell
    Premier of British Columbia

    OPEN LETTER

    Dear Premier Campbell,

    re: Robson Square, Vancouver, British Columbia

    The Royal Architectural 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 an 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.

    Mr. Premier, please do not rush into a quick solution to construct a roof
structure that may not be reversible, appropriate, or sustainable just to
impress the world during the Olympics! I urge you to undertake an appropriate
consultation process, involving both the architectural community and the
public at large, to ensure that a long term architectural legacy for Vancouver
and the world is realized.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours sincerely,

    THE ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA

    (signed)

    Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, FRAIC
    President




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