News and Features

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-...
SCARP graduates gather with UBC President Santa Ono to celebrate the completion of their degrees.
SCARP unveils first digital archive of Habitat conferences On May 31, SCARP will launch the first comprehensive digital archive of the Habitat conferences—the landmark United Nations-led events that focus on housing and sustainable urban development.The archive offers a rich and historically significant collection of audiovisual materials and documents from Habitat I and II, held in 1976 and...
SCARP's Penny Gurstein has been appointed to the BC Housing Board of Commissioners, a provincial body that oversees policy implementation and provides strategic guidance to BC Housing, to help deliver on government’s plan for housing affordability and fairness. The full announcement from the BC government can be found here.  
      Please enjoy the last edition of the 2017-18 Newsbytes. It's been a busy year. Thank-you to editor Cody Kenny for all his work on this year's newsletter!  
Distinguished Practice Professor, Larry Beasley will head The Vancouver Lab, a 2-week workshop for students and international planners. Go to The Vancouver Lab website for more information.
Oscar Zapata, a postdoctoral fellow with SCARP's Water Planning Lab was interviewed on Roundhouse Radio about water supply. He talked about the water crises in other parts of the world including Cape Town in South Africa and recommended better water management to avert a potential crisis in metro Vancouver. These measures would include universal water metering to reduce demand, and...
SCARP adjunct professor Matt Hern together with Am Johal will launch their new book: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life at the Western Front on Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm and at the Surrey SFU Lbirary on Thursday, March 29th at 6 pm. Overview Confounded by global warming and in search of an affirmative politics that links ecology with social change, Matt Hern and Am...
Important - Change of Venue SCARP ICP Presentations   To our students, families and partners,   Due to unforeseen circumstances - the venue of this Friday's SCARP-Indigenous Community Planning concentration end of the year event has changed.    Time - same as before - 8:30 am start.   New location for...
Heather Campbell, a professor of Town and Regional Planning and an advisor in the Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, has been named the new director of UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Her five-year appointment will begin on September 1, 2018.   One of the world’s foremost planning theorists, Campbell previously headed the...
Startup rolls into vehicle-sharing world with electric tricycles Metro News Sun Mar 4 2018 By: Wanyee Li Link to full text Metro News interviewed Alex Bigazzi, a civil engineering and (SCARP) transportation-planning professor at UBC, for an article about a Vancouver vehicle-sharing startup. “There is potentially a condition of too many of these services but...
UBC Applied Science is hosting its largest showcase of the year – Design and Innovation Day – on April 5, 2018 at the Vancouver Campus! The showcase will feature senior design and research projects across Engineering, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing. Come and learn about science and technology through a variety of fun and exciting projects...
The Winter edition of the SCARP newsletter Newsbytes is hot off the press. Read all about it.
The theme of ENCOMPASS, the 2018 SCARP Student Symposium, is Broading the Scope of Planning. Encompass is about embracing unexpected connections and taking planning in new directions. At the 10th annual SCARP Symposium we gather inspiration from diverse sources, finding fresh ideas by looking within – and beyond – the traditional boundaries of planning. Come prepared to challenge assumptions,...
The most e-mailed and most reposted article in the Tyee is by SCARP's Bill Rees: https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/01/18/Housing-Crisis-Really-About-Globalization/ "Clump [all] the [empty] units [in the lower mainland] together and the resultant ghost town would be one of the largest in the province."

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