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Close-in land development reduces driving A Huffington Post article highlighted a study on development location by SCARP's Mark Stevens. Calling the research "meticulous" The Huffington Post article says Stevens found there is potential value in providing housing in or close to downtown areas and concluded that “compact development features do not appear to have much...
SCARP's Dr. Larry Frank is listed as the 4th most cited professor of urban planning in North America, according to Tom Sanchez, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. 
SCARP alumna and adjunct professor, Dr. Aftab Erfan started her new job with the UBC Office of Equity and Inclusion on March 1st. The announcement from Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President Equity and Inclusion read:  On March 1st, Dr. Aftab Erfan joins the Equity & Inclusion Office as the Director, Dialogue and Conflict Engagement. Aftab is a graduate of the School of Community...
Sharing extra spots could ease West End parking woesPhys.org featured a UBC study that examines how renting out parking spots can help with Vancouver’s parking shortage in the West End.Neal Abbott, who conducted the research for his master’s program at UBC’s school of community and regional planning, found that 46 of the area’s 600-plus residential properties have at least 3,700 vacant...
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...
     CIP is pleased to share that the Indigenous Planning edition of Plan Canada is now available online. Members can log in to the CIP member website  to access the digital edition. L'ICU est heureux d'annoncer que l'édition de l'Urbanisme autochtone du magazine Plan Canada est maintenant offert en ligne. Les membres peuvent...
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:  http://www.cbc.ca/radio/the180/...
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 selling oil and hydro electric power. Boiling mad over Canada's water crisisVancouver SunFri,...
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 series dedicated to our urban history. Named hindsight, it combines archival photography with...
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-C...
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. Contact:Lou Corpuz-Bosshart UBC Public Affairs Tel: 604.822.2048 Cell: 604.999.0473 Email: lou.bosshart@ubc.caToday, the federal government is releasing a report on the consultations it conducted this fall on...
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 travel that may be slower than you think.Here is the Huffington Post interview. U.S....
SCARP's Indigenous Community Planning Program (ICP) has received the Project of the Year Award for Indigenous Engagement from the International Association for Public Participation Canada (IAP2 Canada). Dr. Leonie Sandercock (ICP Program Creator), Jeff Cook (ICP Practicum Instructor) and Leona Sparrow (Director of Treaty, Lands and Resources for the Musqueam Indian Band) accepted the award in...
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 John Ford western of the same name made in 1956.The film is directed by Zacharias Kunuk, the director of...
Insurgencies and RevolutionsReflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and PracticeEdited by Haripriya Rangan, Mee Kam NG, Libby Porter, and Jacquelyn ChaseSeries: RTPI Library SeriesInsurgencies and Revolutions brings together former students, close research associates, and colleagues of John Friedmann to reflect on his contributions to planning...
Watch the public lecture by SCARP Honorary Professor, Dr. John Friedmann. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Chinese Research at UBC. 
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 missing...
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 the intersecting claims to the city. Read more about...
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. Read the full...
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 impact longer-term trends.“I think the debate is how much these are generational and attitudinal shifts,” Bigazzi said. “People talk a lot...
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 present at the launch to answer questions and discuss their specific contributions to the book, which features over thirty...
In April 2016, 13 UBC students from Planning, Engineering and Landscape Architecture travelled to Morelia, Mexico to work with the Institute for Municipal Planning of Morelia (IMPLAN) and Centre for Research on Environmental Geography (CIGA-UNAM) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico on an urban river restoration project....
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: https://apsc.ubc.ca/news/2016/06/book-launch-planning-canada-takes-new-...

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