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The idea was to create a social space where people would congregate and hang out. That’s what architect Arthur Erickson had in mind when he designed this concrete and grass modernist plaza outside his famous Law Courts building. Sadly, it’s never quite worked out that way, even though there are often crowds of people lounging on the Vancouver Art Gallery steps across the street, as well as at the newer Library Square Plaza up the street. Still, this is where you’ll find the Robson Square Ice Rink, which is a great place to lace up your skates and go for a spin, so Erickson’s vision is realized at least in the chilly winter months.