MCRP sees first graduating class

On June 1 the first class to hold the degree: Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) will graduate at UBC. Twenty-five MCRP students including 4 students from the Indigenous Community Planning specialization will walk across the Chan Centre stage. The class was first admitted to the department in September 2015.

Jordan Brown aids Housing Approvals Study

Second year Masters of Community and Regional Planning student Jordan Brown has completed research on best practices and discrepancies for residential building approvals across municipalities in Metro Vancouver. By comparing permit costs and times, Jordan helped identify recommendations, such as pre-zoning and online approval systems, for local governments to implement in order to unlock housing supply through the creation of infill housing.

Neal Abbott's West End parking research makes news

Sharing extra spots could ease West End parking woes 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 parking stalls altogether.


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, Metis and Inuit people. In as much as this artistic contribution is about arriving from afar onto the shores of the Giardini-Arsenale — it is also about ceasing to go away.

UNCEDED is about speaking with an authoritative and representational Indigenous voice; it is about the resilience and creativity of Indigenous designers...

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