News and Features

  Oscar Zapata, a postdoctoral fellow with SCARP's Water Planning Lab was interviewed on Roundhouse Radio about water supply. He talked about the water crises in other parts of the world including Cape Town in South Africa and recommended better water management to avert a potential crisis in metro Vancouver. These measures would include universal water metering to...
SCARP adjunct professor Matt Hern together with Am Johal will launch their new book: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life at the Western Front on Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm and at the Surrey SFU Lbirary on Thursday, March 29th at 6 pm. Overview Confounded by global warming and in search of an affirmative politics that links ecology with social change, Matt Hern and Am...
Important - Change of Venue SCARP ICP Presentations   To our students, families and partners,   Due to unforeseen circumstances - the venue of this Friday's SCARP-Indigenous Community Planning concentration end of the year event has changed.    Time - same as before - 8:30 am start.   New location for...
Heather Campbell, a professor of Town and Regional Planning and an advisor in the Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, has been named the new director of UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Her five-year appointment will begin on September 1, 2018.   One of the world’s foremost planning theorists, Campbell previously headed the...
Startup rolls into vehicle-sharing world with electric tricycles Metro News Sun Mar 4 2018 By: Wanyee Li Link to full text Metro News interviewed Alex Bigazzi, a civil engineering and (SCARP) transportation-planning professor at UBC, for an article about a Vancouver vehicle-sharing startup. “There is potentially a condition of too many of these services but...
UBC Applied Science is hosting its largest showcase of the year – Design and Innovation Day – on April 5, 2018 at the Vancouver Campus! The showcase will feature senior design and research projects across Engineering, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing. Come and learn about science and technology through a variety of fun and exciting projects...
The Winter edition of the SCARP newsletter Newsbytes is hot off the press. Read all about it.
The theme of ENCOMPASS, the 2018 SCARP Student Symposium, is Broading the Scope of Planning. Encompass is about embracing unexpected connections and taking planning in new directions. At the 10th annual SCARP Symposium we gather inspiration from diverse sources, finding fresh ideas by looking within – and beyond – the traditional boundaries of planning. Come prepared to challenge assumptions,...
The most e-mailed and most reposted article in the Tyee is by SCARP's Bill Rees: https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/01/18/Housing-Crisis-Really-About-Globalization/ "Clump [all] the [empty] units [in the lower mainland] together and the resultant ghost town would be one of the largest in the province."
 - For more information contact Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, UBC Public Affairs Vancouver, Calgary and Sochi. Beijing, London and Rio. How does an Olympic host city fare after the fanfare fades and the stars and their adoring crowds go home? It’s a question that has fascinated Canadian long-track speed skating champion Christine Nesbitt for years. The three-time Olympian hung up her...
Penny Gurstein, SCARP Director and Professor, was interviewed by Global 's CKNW about revenue from legalized marijuana. Penny said a portion of the revenue should go toward housing and services to address mental health and addictions:  “Different kinds of housing for people who are in different stages of recovery. You need detox centres but you need housing for...
  SCARP Assistant Professor Dr. Jordi Honey-Rosés has received a SSHRC Discovery grant for his new research project: "No one showed up at our public meeting. Testing theories of public engagement in the context of groundwater management." The grant is worth $72,726. Jordi will be working with two collaborators, Juan Ramon Diaz Calderon and Paul ...
Dr. Leonie Sandercock, SCARP Professor, has received a SSHRC Insight grant to continue her study: "Evaluating film as a catalyst for Indigenous community development in a remote northern community". The initial stage of the work involves a feature-length film based on Haida storytelling, filming to begin this year.
The Fall 2017 Newsbytes newsletter is here! Read all about SCARP's new Studies Abroad PLAN 545C in Barcelona! Tim McDaniels retires after 25 years at SCARP! And more... All in the Fall 2017 Newsbytes ​
Humans are taking over the world and driving insects and wildlife to extinction. Bill Rees wonders how we could let it continue unnoticed for so long. Read his op-ed piece in The Tyee: https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/16/humans-blind-imminent-environmental-collapse/
SCARP Assistant Professor Alex Bigazzi's recent research on optimum exertion on emission filled city roads has influenced planning around North America. A recent UBC profile gives the details: http://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2017/05/26/alex-bigazzis-silver-bullet/ 
      Prof. Martino Tran in SCARP is a Co-Investigator on the new Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant project, Beyond Traffic: Clean, Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed led by Prof. Walter Merida. The project will advance one of Canada's key priorities around deploying a sustainable smart transportation system.   Prof. Tran leads the Data...
  SCARP Alumna Shirin Karoubi is the executive director of Toolbox, a program designed to challenge gender stereotypes and encourage the building of healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys. It will also support the development of self sufficiency and confidence at a young age. The program will be led by women identifying...
Over 5-6 October SCARP and colleagues from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Tongji University, Shanghai) convened a successful Symposium at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Participants delivered original research findings within the broad theme of ‘Globalizing Cities and the Reshaping of Space, Place and Territory’, pointing to new directions in planning for resilient...
A collection of indigenous architects, designers and key researchers have been selected to represent Canada at next year's Venice Biennale 2018. Jake Chakasim, one of SCARP's PhD students, has been asked to be part of this group.  "UNCEDED is Canada’s contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture and speaks to the unrelinquished traditional territories of Canada’s First Nations...

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