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Prix du XXe siècle

2011 Recipient

Robson Square

Vancouver, BC | 1973-1983
Architect: Arthur Erickson Architects

Robson Square is a modern landmark in the City of Vancouver, a unique civic complex three blocks long, a masterwork by Arthur Erickson conceived and designed as a single entity. It won the prestigious American Society of Landscape Architects President's Award of Excellence in 1979, where the jury commented on the "extraordinary integration of landscape architecture with architecture--consistent and coherent." Envisioned by Arthur Erickson and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander as a "linear urban park, importing nature into the city", this was a bold, contemplative work of urban design.

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photo: David Covo

photo: David Covo

Jury Comments

"Thanks to its splendid horizontality and its complex system of landscape terraces, pools and waterfalls, this vast urban landmark is able to embody a Westcoast sense of space and relationships. Bridging between the law and the arts, it epitomizes the urban monument in its highest civic aspiration."

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