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,...
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...
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...
Work done in the 1990's by SCARP faculty and students has stood the test of time and remains relevant today. This is the conclusion of a Victoria Times-Colonist article that describes the work of SCARP faculty Dr. Bill Rees, and his students Mathis Wackernagel and Jennie Moore who coined the expression 'Ecological Footprint'. The article says we have already used up earth's capacity...
Researchers at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP-UBC) are looking for volunteers this summer to support an innovative research project on Public Life and Public Space on the UBC Campus. Our aim is to learn how people’s perceptions and behaviours might change when there are more people moving through and staying in a public space. We need volunteers to be actors in a public...
  CBC Wed Jul 11 2018 Link to full text CBC Radio’s The Current quoted Penny Gurstein, a UBC professor at the school of community and regional planning, about affordable transportation. She said that the federal government should intervene when bus route closures affect people living in rural and remote communities since it impacts access to essential services.
In Memoriam - Kamala Rao (October 30, 1972 - June 27, 2018)   Kamala Shanthi Rao was a loving partner and mother, caring friend and a passionate and conscientious planner. Born and raised in Alaska, Kamala’s love of the outdoors began early in life. She was an avid climber, back country skier and camper and cyclist. Kamala would continue her love of the outdoors while living in...
    The Canadian Press interviewed Penny Gurstein, the director of the Centre for Human Settlements within UBC’s school of community and regional planning, about temporary shelter for refugees and asylum seekers. She discussed how the central issue is a lack of affordable housing in regions with employment and language services for new immigrants. The CP...
SCARP Post Doctoral Fellow, Oscar Zapata has looked into the question of faith in the face of natural disasters, his findings are perhaps not quite what we would have expected. Read Lou Corpuz-Bosshart's story about Oscar's research.   Media coverage of Oscar's research includes the following stories: Global: https://globalnews.ca/news/4264762/natural-disasters-...

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