Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Robson Square Tear Down

Disheartening news at
Robson Square where mature trees and plantings have been razed by the province to repair the roof membrane that lies underneath.

Repairs to the building have been ongoing for some time but apparently the swiftness of the removal of the gardens took both the city and the original landscape designer, Cornelia Oberlander, by surprise. Considering Oberlander lives in Vancouver and is one of Canada's most important landscape architects as well as the integral relationship Erickson's design has with the landscaping, it's shocking and shameful she wasn't consulted on this.

For anyone who never ventured into the almost hidden pathway at the corner of Robson and Hornby, it was one of the most magical spots in downtown to disappear into--an oasis of mature native West Coast landscaping in the middle of the city.

The good news is the gardens will be replanted according to the original 1976 design.

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