Will Trousdale's Ecoplan International Wins CIP Award

Ecoplan International, led by SCARP Alumni and adjunct professor Will Trousdale, has won an Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence for Indigenous planning, along with the Cowichan Tribes:


Aboriginal Community Planning and Development

Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation and Mobility Plan (Cowichan Valley, BC)

Awarded to: EcoPlan International and Cowichan Tribes

Ren Thomas to Launch New Planning Book June 17th

Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, a new book edited by SCARP Alumna Ren Thomas, will be launched at the UBC Bookstore on June 17th. Dr. Thomas, a SCARP PhD (2011) and Masters (2007) graduate, is about to start a her new Assistant Professor position at the Dalhousie University School of Planning.  The book contains chapters from a number of SCARP faculty, adjunct faculty and former students.  This type of book is a first for Canadian planning and it is sure to be widely used in planning programs.   

REF sponsors video of SCARP ICP program

The Real Estate Foundation has sponsored a promotional video on the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) program. The video features voice over by Linc Kesler, Director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President of Aboriginal Affairs and Larissa Grant, Musqueam Community Planner. The video goes on to mention the partnership between SCARP and the Musqueam Indian Band that delivers this innovative curriculum putting students in an indigenous community to learn from centuries old community plans before they set about making their own plans for it.

Tiny homes: Inexpensive and cute, but livable? Aprodicio Laquian, Professor Emeritus, CHS

Despite the affordability crisis in Vancouver, the city doesn’t currently zone for “tiny” homes–self-contained houses with 100 to 500 sq. ft. of floor space–as a solution for the affordable housing crisis. Only social housing or Downtown Eastside rentals are allowed to come under 400 sq. ft. per unit. But Aprodicio Laquian, a professor emeritus at UBC’s Centre for Human Settlements, says clever design can make even tiny spaces livable, and he cites Hong Kong flats as an example of space-maximizing design.


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Dear SCARP Community,

As an endorsement of the President’s, Dean’s, and ACSP statement about the current situation, SCARP recognizes that this same issue of oppression on the basis of race, racial inequality and police brutality has existed in Canada since the arrival of European settlers and as recently as yesterday’s murder of a young Indigenous woman, Chantel Moore, by a police officer in New Brunswick. SCARP acknowledges that planning has been part of this problem and we are committed to being part of the movement for change, a movement acknowledging white privilege, addressing racial inequality in all domains of public policy and the systemic racism in all of our institutions.

Read a message from Santa J. Ono in response to recent anti-Black and anti-Asian violence:

Dean's message: 

ACSP Statement:

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