Vancouver’s Cultural and Linguistic Living-Learning Community brings social groups together in interdependence to celebrate Vancouver’s diversity. The city houses one of the most ethnically diverse populations in Canada. While English and French are Vancouver’s official languages, 45% percent of the population were born speaking other languages. The living-learning community challenges the separation of different social groups with the concept of a tessellation. In a tessellation, each independent part, brought together in an artful composition, makes the whole more complete. Similarly, people tend to learn more from others unlike them than those similar to them.
Vancouver’s Cultural and Linguistic Living-Learning Community can accommodate approximately 500 students from across the globe, with an expected 80% of students coming outside of Canada. Students can immerse themselves in programs of languages, art, and culinary arts, all which focus on a collaborative education process. The living-learning community gives emerging professionals a broadened perspective of the diverse cultures Vancouver is founded upon while promoting opportunities for teamwork and friendship.
Additionally, the public is encouraged to engage in the community personally through the site’s design. A central atrium opens the ground level for public interaction with an art gallery to showcase student work. Outside the atrium, an open plaza, covered seating, and park area enable food truck vendors and artisans to gather, promoting visitors and residents to further explore the art of different cultural groups.