The Woodward's project in Vancouver has been described as "one of the most complex and daring urban redevelopment projects in Canada" (At Guelph).
A University research professor in art criticism, Enright wrote the introduction to the story of the project. He conducted more than 25 interviews with key participants for the book, including community activists, developers, architects, historians, business people, city planners and artists.The book also includes essays by well-known academics on the project’s ties to social justice, architecture and art, as well as photographs, memorabilia and architectural drawings.
The $500-million Woodward’s project involved the transformation of the once-bustling Woodward’s Department Store in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Its closure in 1993 is said to have contributed to the decline in that part of the city, which over the years became notorious for drug dealers, homelessness and poverty.
Excerpt from Arts Alumni Magazine Summer 2010.
Robert Enright is a faculty member in the School of Fine Art and Music. An active member jn the Canadian arts community as author, critic and juror, he has been the recipient of numerous awards including membership in the Order of Canada in 2005.