November 29, 2006

Raymond Moriyama: Remembrance of a Powell Street Past

I've lately been thinking about Raymond Moriyama of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

I interviewed him for The Current just before the opening of the World Urban Forum this summer. We spent a great couple of hours together talking about a sensitive topic.

Moriyama designed hundreds of buildings around the world but one of his most important recent works is the Canadian War Museum which, as Anna Maria Tremonti said, is "a bittersweet irony considering-- as a boy--- he was one of the 20,000 Japanese-Canadians interred by the federal government during World War Two."

Well, Moriyama and I toured his old neighbourhood. We started our trip into the past in a taxi headed to a part of the downtown eastside that used to be known as Japantown.

It's after the letters section of the June 15, 2006 edition of The Current
Listen.

I think what he had to say about Vancouver was absolutely reasonable, valid and understandably tinged with his personal experience. Local architects, however, gave him a hard time. Even though he's right.

What do you think?

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