News and Features

Becky Tarbotton was an exceptional SCARP student, a highly successful alumna, a wonderful human being and a passionate champion of environmental and social justice. She passed away three years ago at the age of 39.  Becky's family and close friends, in conjunction with SCARP, are setting up a scholarship in her name. The goal is to raise $90,000 so that we can award $3,...
PLAN 211 students showcase projects at Vancouver City Hall Student teams from PLAN 211, led by course instructor and SCARP Postdoctoral Fellow, Su-Jan Yeo, showcased their course-end projects at Vancouver City Hall for the biannual HUBBUB event on Friday Nov 30th 2018. Organized by CityStudio Vancouver, HUBBUB is an end-of-semester celebratory and networking event featuring innovative...
SCARP Associate Professor, Nora Angeles has won a Vancouver Civic Merit Award. The award recognizes individuals for achievement in a particular field of endeavour in sports, science, arts, or culture within the city and the province, or in recognition of a specific service. City Council must vote unanimously to honour someone with the Civic Merit Award. The City began awarding the Civic Merit...
Vancouver Sun Mon Oct 22 2018 By: Leonora Angeles Link to full text The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed about the housing crisis by SCARP Associate Professor Leonora Angeles “We need a multi-pronged and multi-sectoral strategy to make any short- and long-term housing plan work,” Angeles wrote.  
Students publish Public Life Study on Poblenou Neighbourhood, Barcelona   Public life in Barcelona is vibrant, colourful, and diverse. Yet it is also contested, and many residents perceive that public spaces are under threat from the growing tourism economy, gentrification, commercialization and commodification. Life in Poblenou: Observation and Exploration documents the...
Affordability crisis reaches Vancouver suburbs increasing homelessness threat: Report The Globe and Mail reported on a joint study between UBC and the Union Gospel Mission that examines the growing threat of homelessness in Vancouver suburbs. Penny Gurstein, a professor at UBC’s school for community and regional planning, said this trend has now reached a boiling point. A similar story...
CBC Wed Sep 26 2018 Link to full text David Hulchanski, a professor of urban planning at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning in the 1980s, was interviewed by Michelle Eliot on CBC Radio’s BC Today. Hulchanski spoke about rental increases in B.C. and the difficulties facing renters in Vancouver. The clip starts at the 3:05 mark.
Haida feature film, Edge of the Knife, won Best Canadian film and Best BC Film at the Vancouver Film Festival this month. The brain child of Indigenous Community Planning Program's director, Dr. Leonie Sandercock, the film is garnering attention throughout Canada and the USA. Jon Frantz, former SCARP masters student, produced the film. An article in The Georgia Straight...
SCARP offers planning courses for international students, along with activities around Vancouver and accommodation at UBC residences. Go to the Vancouver Summer Program website for updated details about summer 2019!
B.C. tourism operators fear damage to industry after two summers of smoke and wildfire SCARP PhD student Jeremy Stone was quoted in a Globe and Mail article about the effect of wildfires on the tourism industry. Stone, who has researched the economic resilience of businesses to disaster, said that damage to B.C.’s brand could be costly. Globe and Mail Sun Sep 30 2018 By: Dan Healing...
Vancouver neighbourhood back on the rails The Globe and Mail ran a story about Railtown, an area of Vancouver that appears to be undergoing a redevelopment boom. However, the efforts to make Railtown a design and tech hub are “too little, too late,” says Tom Hutton, a University of British Columbia planning professor. Hutton says that a city planning policy in the mid-1980s generated an...
Dr. Leonie Sandercock, director of SCARP's Indigenous Community Planning program, received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to finance the development of the story and the screenplay for the first feature length film done entirely in the Haida language. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, 2018 and will be screened at the Vancouver Film...
SCARP Instructor Erick Villagomez has released his new book: The Laws of Settlements.  Are there fundamental laws that govern all settlements—from the smallest village to the largest cities? The Laws of Settlements ambitiously describes the principles underlying human settlements of all sizes and across all cultures. It revives, updates and refreshes the ’54 Laws of Settlements’...
(Although Penny is ending her term as SCARP Director, she will continue in her role as Professor at SCARP. She will be teaching, supervising students and working with the newly formed Housing Research Collaborative.) I am ending my 10-year term on August 31, 2018 and a new Director, Dr. Heather Campbell will be starting on Sept. 1, 2018.  Heather is coming from University of Sheffield in...
Maxime Bernier tweetstorm cost Conservatives the 2019 election Georgia Straight Tue Aug 14 2018 By: Charlie Smith Link to full text A Georgia Straight article about controversial tweets from Conservative politician Maxime Bernier mentioned a book by SCARP Professor, Leonie Sandercock. Bernier suggested that immigrants aren’t integrating into society. In her book,...
Alex Bigazzi, SCARP / Civil Engineering Assistant Professor, was interviewed by Vancouver Magazine about transportation in Vancouver. Bike lanes and the demolition of the viaducts have become civic election issues --  do they contribute to congestion or do they make getting around the city safer and more efficient?  Vancouver Magazine Thu Aug 2 2018 By: David Kitai...
  The Vancouver Lab, a training workshop for planners from China and Turkey ran from July 2nd to 13th at SCARP. Jian Zhuo, Professor in the Tongji Department of Urban Planning wrote:  "We are back to Shanghai for one week, still in the mode of Vancouverism. The Summer Institute is a great success. All the participants from Tongji are fascinated by the 2-week...
SCARP Adjunct Professor, Dr. Aftab Erfan's paper was shortlisted for the annual AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning) Prize Paper Competition for the best paper published in 2017. Forty journals based in Europe are each invited to submit two nominations, Aftab's paper was nominated by Planning Theory & Practice online journal.  Dr. Heather Campbell, who...

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