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In 2014 Leonie Sandercock received a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to explore the use of film as a catalyst for language revitalization and economic development. In partnership with the Council of the Haida Nation and Kingulliit, the Inuit film production company that made the multiple award-winning  Atanarjuat: the fast runner, Leonie spent a year working with the two Haida...

 

Distinguished Practice Professor Larry Beasley has completed filming on a mooc based on his book with Jonathan Barrett called Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs. The massive open online course (mooc) will show in April for the first time and then be offered on demand.

For more information on Larry's book go to his website...

SCARP's students were part of the Canadian delegation to Habitat III, an international United Nations Conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. Their report to the federal government is attached.

SCARP's Vrushti Mawani has been selected to participate in the Water Innovation Lab in India. The lab is a 12 day program that brings together young leaders, facilitators and resource guests to travel through India looking at the realities of the country's water supplies. A full description of the program can be found on the website.

SCARP Alum Jen Roberton, now a planner in Toronto, says cities need to plan for people who want to have sex in public parks. Using Amsterdam's Vondelpark as the standard, Roberton says that if a park is truly for all members of the community, then cities have to design their parks to be used by everyone.

 

Listen to Jen Roberton's interview on CBC radio:  ...

An article in the Vancouver Sun by Langara instructor Peter Prontzos quotes SCARP's Dr. William Rees' comments about Canada's worsening water crisis. Rees believes the government is shirking their duty to ensure citizens' safety and well being by ignoring our dwindling water supply for the sake of...

SCARP graduates R.J. McCulloch and Megan Faulkner are ready to launch their new online magazine. Working together in the heritage planning/consulting field for the past number of years after graduating from SCARP they are now ready to offer their own perspectives through the production of a new magazine...

Graduate Students on the  Resilient Coasts Canada team Jackie Yip, Tugce Conger, Michelle Marteleira, and Emily Gray, alongside project lead Dr. Stephanie Chang, recently hosted three webinar sessions for their online Resilient-C platform. The Webinars provided an overview of the site to 95 registered prospective users, with live demonstrations of potential uses.

 

The Resilient-...

UBC Public Affairs interviewed Penny Gurstein on the eve of the release of the federal government's report on the consultations it conducted this fall on the National Housing Strategy. 

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SCARP Transportation Planning Assistant Professor, Dr. Alex Bigazzi, was interviewed by the Huffington Post about his recent research on just how healthy walking and cycling are when the faster we travel, the more polluted air we inhale. Dr. Bigazzi has discovered that there is an optimally healthy speed to...

SCARP's Indigenous Community Planning Program (...

Janice Barry, SCARP PhD graduate, and SCARP lecturer Libby Porter have penned a new book call Planning for Coexistence? The book discusses land-use planning and indigenous territory claims in Canada and Australia.

SCARP students attending Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador this October have created posters for display at the conference. See all the posters below.

 

Jonathan Frantz, SCARP alumni and adjunct professor, served as producer and cinematographer on the new film Searchers which premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.

Also screened at the Vancouver Film Festival this October, the Searchers story was inspired by the...

Insurgencies and Revolutions

Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice

Edited by Haripriya Rangan, Mee Kam NG, Libby Porter, and Jacquelyn Chase

Series: RTPI Library Series

Insurgencies and Revolutions brings together former students, close research associates, and...

Watch the public lecture by SCARP Honorary Professor, Dr. John Friedmann. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Chinese Research at UBC.

 

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On June 9th, SCARP celebrated its 65th Anniversary. The celebration took place at Cecil Green Park House at UBC. The celebration was well attended with about a total of 100 Faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The celebration began with some mingling, door prizes which included 3 books, and the SCARP timeline activity where attendees could add to the timeline if they thought anything was...

Citiscope, a blog created to "spur innovations to help cities work better", has taken an interest in Habitat III to be held in Quito, Ecuador this October. SCARP's Penny Gurstein is quoted in a recent article.

Read the article.

SCARP PhD student Jeremy Stone has been named a Public Scholar. The initiative from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC, was created to  "...encourage purposeful social contribution, innovative forms of collaborative scholarship, and broader career readiness for students."

Jeremy's area of research involves gentrification and...

An article in the Georgia Straight sings the praises of SCARP Masters Grad Maureen Mendoza, co-founder of KAMP, (Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program) that mentors Filipino youth and helps them reach their full potential. Operating out of Charles Tupper high school on the eastside, the program includes academic tutoring, support in learning English, and personal development....

The Vancouver Sun quoted UBC civil engineering professor Alex Bigazzi for an article on the return of the road trip.

He said, for now, the short-term rebound in the amount that Americans are driving has sparked a debate over how evolving habits will...

Carleigh Oude-Reimerink recently graduated from the SCARP Masters of Planning program. Her Masters Professional Project explored the creation of a yoga space for passengers at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Carleigh spoke with, and surveyed passengers in the terminals at YVR. She also conducted a mapping exercise to determine which locations would be optimal for this type of space. She...

On June 17th, School of Community and Regional Planning alumni, students, and faculty gathered at the UBC Bookstore to launch the new comprehensive planning book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, edited by SCARP PhD Alumna Ren Thomas. Various contributing authors were...

In April 2016, 13 UBC students from PlanningEngineering and Landscape Architecture travelled to Morelia, Mexico to work with the ...

Editor Ren Thomas' new book: Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach was launched on June 17th at the UBC Bookstore. The book uses case studies to demonstrate the multidisciplinary and participatory approach used by community and regional planners. For a full story on the book launch see Claire Kiernan's article: ...

SCARP Director Penny Gurstein has been recognized with a prestigious 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, in the category of Education, Training & Development.  She was selected out of a group of five highly accomplished educators at an event hosted by the YWCA at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Wednesday, June 8.  Upon receiving the award, Penny spoke about the importance of planning...

Ecoplan International, led by SCARP Alumni and adjunct professor Will Trousdale, has won an Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence for Indigenous planning, along with the Cowichan Tribes:

 

Aboriginal Community Planning and Development

Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation and Mobility Plan (Cowichan Valley,...

Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, a new book edited by SCARP Alumna Ren Thomas, will be launched at the UBC Bookstore on June 17th. Dr. Thomas, a SCARP PhD (2011) and Masters (2007) graduate, is about to start a her new Assistant Professor position at the Dalhousie University School of Planning.  The book contains chapters from a number of SCARP faculty, adjunct faculty and former...

As John Friedmann turns 90, author Mike Douglass (a former student of John's) has written what SCARP Associate Director, Maged Senbel calls "a short but powerful depiction of some of John’s many contributions to the field of planning. I am certain that for every achievement that Mike mentions there are dozens more that are too numerous to mention." 

Full text of the article can be found...

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