The aim of the competition is to design a Language Centre in Newfoundland,Canada.
Language cons(v)erv(s)ation refers to the goal of the design proposal that is to achieve language conservation through “conversations”. The overall form is perceived as a monolith which is inspired by the concept of a 'Fort'. The design proposal also aims to achieve the tag of a tourist hub along with language preservation.
St. Johns, Newfoundland is the easternmost point of the North-American continent, making it a very prominent location, geographically. The city's harbor and its commercial fishing ground attracted invaders through the Atlantic ocean. The site formerly held the Fort Townshend, which was built by the British colonists. A fort precinct stands witness to the cultural change and evolution of its region. It also symbolizes authority and responsibility. This design intervention aims to inculcate the idea of a modern-day linguistic fort that enables the people to converse ideas and stories and be an important medium in conserving languages and cultural identities.