News and Features

 - For more information contact Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, UBC Public Affairs Vancouver, Calgary and Sochi. Beijing, London and Rio. How does an Olympic host city fare after the fanfare fades and the stars and their adoring crowds go home? It’s a question that has fascinated Canadian long-track speed skating champion Christine Nesbitt for years. The three-time Olympian hung up her...
Penny Gurstein, SCARP Director and Professor, was interviewed by Global 's CKNW about revenue from legalized marijuana. Penny said a portion of the revenue should go toward housing and services to address mental health and addictions:  “Different kinds of housing for people who are in different stages of recovery. You need detox centres but you need housing for...
  SCARP Assistant Professor Dr. Jordi Honey-Rosés has received a SSHRC Discovery grant for his new research project: "No one showed up at our public meeting. Testing theories of public engagement in the context of groundwater management." The grant is worth $72,726. Jordi will be working with two collaborators, Juan Ramon Diaz Calderon and Paul ...
Dr. Leonie Sandercock, SCARP Professor, has received a SSHRC Insight grant to continue her study: "Evaluating film as a catalyst for Indigenous community development in a remote northern community". The initial stage of the work involves a feature-length film based on Haida storytelling, filming to begin this year.
The Fall 2017 Newsbytes newsletter is here! Read all about SCARP's new Studies Abroad PLAN 545C in Barcelona! Tim McDaniels retires after 25 years at SCARP! And more... All in the Fall 2017 Newsbytes ​
Humans are taking over the world and driving insects and wildlife to extinction. Bill Rees wonders how we could let it continue unnoticed for so long. Read his op-ed piece in The Tyee: https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/16/humans-blind-imminent-environmental-collapse/
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/ 
      Prof. Martino Tran in SCARP is a Co-Investigator on the new Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant project, Beyond Traffic: Clean, Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed led by Prof. Walter Merida. The project will advance one of Canada's key priorities around deploying a sustainable smart transportation system.   Prof. Tran leads the Data...
  SCARP Alumna Shirin Karoubi is the executive director of Toolbox, a program designed to challenge gender stereotypes and encourage the building of healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys. It will also support the development of self sufficiency and confidence at a young age. The program will be led by women identifying...
Over 5-6 October SCARP and colleagues from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Tongji University, Shanghai) convened a successful Symposium at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Participants delivered original research findings within the broad theme of ‘Globalizing Cities and the Reshaping of Space, Place and Territory’, pointing to new directions in planning for resilient...
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...
  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...
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 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.
SCARP's Associate Professor and Associate Director, Maged Senbel was presented with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service of the Faculty of Applied Science for his exceptional work with the School of Community and Regional Planning students and administration. Maged taught the second year MCRP Planning Studios in 2016-17, connecting with external community partners who...

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