News and Features

  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...
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/ 
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....
  SCARP honorary professor, Dr. John Friedmann passed away over the June 10-11 weekend. Here are tributes sent to SCARP and Prof. Leonie Sandercock, John's wife, from those who knew him and worked with him. If you have a SCARP website account, please login to leave your message. If you do not have an account please send your message to penny.mullen@ubc.ca and it will be...
SCARP alumna Jennie Moore has won the YWCAs Woman of Distinction for Environmental Sustainability. Jennie is an associate dean of the School of Construction and Environment at BCIT and worked with SCARP's Bill Rees when she was a graduate student at SCARP.  For more on her nomination as a Woman if Distinction in Environmental Sustainability see: https://ywcavan.org/node/2981...
  Bill Rees' blog in The Guardian sees a grim future if humans don't change our view of progress. "Techno-industrial society is in dangerous ecological overshoot", says Rees, who is a SCARP Professor Emeritus and former Director of the school. Bill is best known as the originator of ecological footprint analysis, the world's best-known indicator of the (un)sustainability of...
Martino Tran will give one of the keynote addresses at the AI & Machine Learning in Practice conference in Turku Castle, Finland on June 1, 2017. Dr. Tran's address is entitled: Agent-based simulations of cities.
SCARP professor Tom Hutton has written a positioning chapter on 'The Cultural Economy of the City: pathways to theory and understanding inequality' in a new book titled 'Inequalities in Creative Cities' edited by Ulrike Gerhard, Michael Hoelscher and David Wilson.
  The 2016-2017 year at SCARP is drawing to a close. It's been a busy year. Here is the last 2016-17 issue of Newsbytes.

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