Architecture: Vancouver's Dazzling Center

Arthur Erickson designs an airy, elegant masterpiece

North Americans have built handsome cities and grown tired of them, as children grow tired of their presents after Christmas. Few architects are as aware of such urban waste as Canada's Arthur Erickson, 54, and few have done more to restore vitality to the inner city. His latest and most ambitious undertaking is a combination of function and fantasy in the heart of his native Vancouver. Formally opened in September, the downtown complex has already put new fizz in the life of a provincial city.

Erickson's oeuvre...

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