Jutting up out of the ground like the Rocky Mountains, the raw concrete of the Centennial Planetarium is a monolithic presence in the Downtown west end. Angular and layered, it is a giant sculpture topped with a white dome. For many in our city it was simply the Science Centre, beloved of elementary school field trips. For an older generation it was the Planetarium, constructed at the height of the space race when people turned their gazes toward the heavens in wonder. And now that the Telus World of Science has moved to its new location near the Zoo, this landmark building sits empty, awaiting new purpose.
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