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Fiche créée le : 2009-07-06
Décès le : 2009-07-06
Parution : 2009-07-18
Conjoint(e) : Blanche Lemco
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

OBITUARY H.P.D. (SANDY) VAN GINKEL Sandy van Ginkel died on July 6, 2009, peacefully in his sleep in Toronto at the age of eighty-nine, after a series of strokes. Born in Amsterdam, Sandy was active in the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War. Crossing enemy lines, he witnessed the German surrender to Prince Bernhardt and entered Amsterdam with the Canadian army. He had finished his studies in architecture during the German occupation, refusing his diploma because he would not sign the Nazi documents, though this did not prevent him from practice as an architect and urbanist after the war. He worked on rehabilitation in the Netherlands, the new towns in Sweden and, with partner Aldo van Eyck, designed a new town and its school buildings in the Netherlands. He met Blanche Lemco, a Canadian architect, at a CIAM congress in France in 1953. They married and moved to Montreal in 1957, where they worked as van Ginkel Associates. Projects included saving Old Montreal from demolition in 1960 by stopping construction of an elevated expressway and halting urban encroachment on Mount Royal Park. Sandy was Chief Planner and designer for Expo 67. They were commissioned by the City of New York in the '70s to solve the city's traffic congestion in Midtown Manhattan and, as part of the solution, Sandy designed an innovative minibus, the Ginkelvan. The prototype was purchased by the town of Vail, Colorado, where it operated for several years. Sandy's professional activities crossed Canada with projects from the Arctic to Newfoundland; and extended to Malaysia, Brazil and the eastern U.S. as well as residential architecture in Canada and Europe. Moving to Toronto in 1977, Sandy's focus turned to sculpture, showing in juried exhibitions and in private collections. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Sandy was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. He will be deeply missed by Blanche; his son Peter Bastien and grandchildren Tara and Bo; daughter Brenda and grandson Anthony Armstrong; son Marc (Mary Ellen Cale) and his many friends. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 7/18/2009


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