In Search of a Soul

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D & M Publishers, Mar 23, 2012 - Architecture - 144 pages
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A great architect's personal account of conceiving, designing and building the new Canadian War Museum, a homage to the courage of all Canadians.

"It's astonishing," says historian Jack Granatstein of Raymond Moriyama's design for the new Canadian War Museum. "There is a context, there's understanding, there's intelligence...This is the best museum in the whole world. Without question."

In Search of a Soul is revered architect Moriyama's personal account of conceiving and creating this important -- perhaps iconic -- national monument, which opened to great acclaim on May 8, 2005, the sixtieth anniversary of VE Day.

Illustrated throughout with full-colour plans, drawings and photos, it is a compelling story of one architect's commitment to a vision, and to the country that provided his inspiration. "How can architecture reflect the ambience of battle without overpowering the visitor or glorifying war? What is Canadian? What does war mean?" Moriyama explores the difficult questions he wrestled with as the design took shape. In this bold new museum -- and equally bold book -- a great Canadian artist challenges us to address these troubling questions.


 

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Contents

From the Beginning
1
The Project
5
The Process
21
Design
45
Exterior
51
Interior
69
Construction
113
From Tree House to War Museum
121
Museum by Numbers
124
Awards
125
Special Thanks
126
Project Credits
130
About Raymond Moriyama
134
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Raymond Moriyama is one of Canada's most respected architects. His award-winning firm, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, is renowned for its designs of, among other projects, Ottawa's City Hall and the Ontario Science Centre. Born in Vancouver, Moriyama spent time in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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