Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Emily Carr University Unveils New Campus, Granville Island Left with Vacancy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Emily Carr University Unveils New Campus, Granville Island Left with Vacancy

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Emily Carr University unveils new Vancouver campus

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VANCOUVER - It's like giant white canvass waiting for students to leave their mark.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design unveiled its pristine $122.6 million campus in Vancouver's east side Tuesday that leaves behind a gaping hole at one of city's top tourist destinations, Granville Island, where it had leased space since 1980.

The white, airy building features an Aboriginal gathering place and a 3D printing studio reflects the school's priorities, which Emily Carr president Ron Burnett said includes reconciliation with Indigenous people and providing post-secondary education that considers the innovation required for the future economy.

"Emily Carr is as focused on high tech and industry development as it is on the visual arts, the fine arts, the traditional disciplines. It's really important to state this clearly, we would not be a culture or a society without the arts," Burnett said.

Premier John Horgan attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and said the site, that was supported by the previous Liberal government, is a legacy that will last generations and contribute to the development of the province's technology sector.

"This new campus is equipped to open up even more opportunities for young people right across the world so they can come here and learn to use their creative skills and drive innovation and our economy," Horgan said.

The university owns the new site, which is also shared with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the B.C. Institute of Technology.

Burnett said the idea to collaborate with the other institutions and share the land located near major transit hubs in the city began while he met with then-University of B.C. president Martha Piper in 2001.

"We envisioned these lands as part of an overall shared facility that would celebrate the creative and extraordinary knowledge that we share among our institutions," he said.

The university was founded as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1925.

Burnett said the institution is proud of the achievements of thousands of its graduates over the past 92 years and it allowed students to have a say throughout the process in designing the site. …

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