News and Features

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...
  PLAN 211 City-Making: A Global Perspective—a new undergraduate course designed by SCARP Postdoctoral Fellow Su-Jan Yeo—has been awarded the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seed Grant to examine innovative pedagogy delivered in the form of an "Ideathon Challenge." The Ideathon Challenge is an embedded component of the course curriculum that sets out to provide students with a...
Dr. Ren Thomas, editor, accompanied by some SCARP alumni and faculty, who were authors, being awarded a CIP Award of Merit for the book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach in June 20 at the CIP conference in Calgary. The SCARP story can be found at: https://scarp.ubc.ca/news-and-features/alumni/planning-canada-case-study-approach-new-book-ren-thomas 
SCARP alumni gathered at a reception hosted by the School at the Canadian Institute of Planners Conference held June 17-20 in Calgary. The theme of this year's conference was Building Resilience, and forum for discussions about the challenges facing our cities in the future. SCARP students presented on Implementing the UN New Urban Agenda in Canada: issues, opportunities and responsibilities....
  RSVPs for the Celebration of Life are now closed. ​To contribute to the John Friedmann scholarship to be established go to: https://memorial.support.ubc.ca/john-friedmann/   Former SCARP student, Dr. Aftab Erfan, wrote a memorial piece about John in Planning West. https://scarp.ubc.ca/memoriam-john-friedmann-aftab-erfan  Dear...

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