“We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.”
The Holiday Season was fast approaching when I walked about the grounds of Simon Fraser University in early December. But for students, exams come before the festivities.
All was quiet, even though the parking lots were filled, an indication that classrooms were being energized by students bringing their best efforts to the task at hand – integrating knowledge into succinct written text.
Simon Fraser University presides atop of a mountaintop. Over 50 years ago, a young University of British Columbia architecture professor, Arthur Erickson, and his colleague Geoffrey Massey gave a nod to the past when their design reflected Athens’ acropolis and the hill towns of Italy. Perhaps it is the elevation or the pristine mountains that surround the buildings – there is a feeling that great things are happening in the corridors of an institution dedicated to learning.
Over the centuries humanity has created places for scholarship. While I have left the years of examinations behind me, I recognize that life-long learning is an ongoing participation within wider narrative. No matter what age we are, we must continue to be curious, to explore and be amazed by the knowledge that surrounds us.