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“Concrete mess”

Simon Fraser University
Ranked #6 of 48 things to do in Burnaby
Certificate of Excellence
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Vancouver, Canada
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52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Concrete mess”
Reviewed 17 July 2012

I dislike all of Erickson's designs and can't for the life of me figure out why he was so popular. I think he must have been raised in Treblinka by parents who were afraid of a nuclear holocaust. Wherever he's left his footprint you feel like there should be a fifty mile exclusion zone around the edifices. What an ugly scar on a beautiful mountain, what an ugly scar on the potentially beautiful centre of Downtown Vancouver, did he ever think of open spaces and harmony with the setting? Thank goodness our natural beauty overpowers these creations from the dark side.

Visited July 2012
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“Just keeps growing”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

I only get to the Vancouver area once in a while, on this trip we visited both UBC and SFU. Simone Fraser Uni just keeps growing and growing - it has come a long way since the mid 1960's. The buildings and site still look futuristic - I wonder when that future will arrive?

Visited July 2012
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Richmond, Canada
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52 reviews
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“URBAN OASIS”
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Just take an afternoon off and go up the mountain and soak in the SFU atmosphere!

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Vancouver, Canada
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34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Grey and depressing but a great place to learn”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

SFU was designed by Arthur Erikson and is reputed to be world renowned for its architecture. I think the best thing about SFU, apart from the learning that can be gleaned there, is the fact that it is on the top of a mountain, surrounded by trails. It is a wonderful place to get an education--much smaller than UBC and, consequently more intimate, but the "award winning architecture" is utterly depressing.

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Vancouver
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Awesome views from SFU”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Some of the best views of the Vancouver area can be had from the viewpoint at SFU.The campus sits atop Burnaby Mountain in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.From the parking lot you can see all the way to the southern Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island itself on a clear day The viewpoint is easily accessible by car or bus.I don't know anything else about SFU itself..but Burnaby mountain has some great bike trails.

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