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CityLab Thu Apr.6 2017 By: Richard Florida Link to full text CityLab featured work by Mark Stevens, a professor at UBC’s school of community and regional planning, that examined the reasons for the increase in vehicle miles driven in the U.S. Stevens found that a household would drive 32 per cent fewer miles if its distance to downtown dropped by 50 per cent.  
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. Since then the students have organized a successful SCARP Student Symposium...
Carleigh Oude-Reimerink recently graduated from the SCARP Masters of Planning program. Her Masters Professional Project explored the creation of a yoga space for passengers at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Carleigh spoke with, and surveyed passengers in the terminals at YVR. She also conducted a mapping exercise to determine which locations would be optimal for this type of space. She...
Close-in land development reduces driving A Huffington Post article highlighted a study on development location by SCARP's Mark Stevens. Calling the research "meticulous" The Huffington Post article says Stevens found there is potential value in providing housing in or close to downtown areas and concluded that “compact development features do not appear to have much...
SCARP's Dr. Larry Frank is listed as the 4th most cited professor of urban planning in North America, according to Tom Sanchez, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. 
SCARP alumna and adjunct professor, Dr. Aftab Erfan started her new job with the UBC Office of Equity and Inclusion on March 1st. The announcement from Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice-President Equity and Inclusion read:  On March 1st, Dr. Aftab Erfan joins the Equity & Inclusion Office as the Director, Dialogue and Conflict Engagement. Aftab is a graduate of the School of Community...
Winter 2017 Newsbytes is here with the latest news from SCARP.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has presented SCARP's ICP Program with a five-year grant which will keep the one-of-a-kind program running. An article in the Vancouver Sun was published on February 5th. For more information on the ICP program see their website.
In 2014 Leonie Sandercock received a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to explore the use of film as a catalyst for language revitalization and economic development. In partnership with the Council of the Haida Nation and Kingulliit, the Inuit film production company that made the multiple award-winning  Atanarjuat: the fast runner, Leonie spent a year working with the two Haida...
Dr. Wayne Beggs has joined SCARP as part-time Instructor for the MCRP Indigenous Community Planning concentration. Dr. Beggs holds a Doctorate in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Environmental Design (Planning), from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  He is a...
City Lab quoted Penny Gurstein, a UBC professor of social policy, in an article about the new housing strategy in Canada. “What this strategy is about is really focusing on the most disadvantaged in the housing market,” she said. Wed Dec 13 2017 By: Benjamin Schneider Link to full text
The 9th annual SCARP Student Symposium happens Friday, March 3rd at the AMS Nest on the UBC Campus. This year's theme is audacity - bold planning ideas for communities. For information on breakout session topics and keynote speakers go to the symposium website.
Compact development probably isn't enough to solve our transportation problems. Some features of compact development that we think are effective at getting people to drive less (such as mixed land uses and a balance of jobs and housing) actually appear to have little to no effect on driving, according to a new study published in Journal of the American Planning Association by UBC...
     CIP is pleased to share that the Indigenous Planning edition of Plan Canada is now available online. Members can log in to the CIP member website  to access the digital edition. L'ICU est heureux d'annoncer que l'édition de l'Urbanisme autochtone du magazine Plan Canada est maintenant offert en ligne. Les membres peuvent...
SCARP's students were part of the Canadian delegation to Habitat III, an international United Nations Conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. Their report to the federal government is attached.
SCARP PhD candidate Vrushti Mawani has been awarded the 2016-2017 IDRC Doctoral Research Award (IDRA) this year. The award is a fieldwork grant relating to her doctoral research, titled "Brokered Borders : Planning and water access in Ahmedabad".    IDRA grants are awarded each year to about 20 doctoral students across Canada working in the fields...
Listen to the CBC interview with Lyana Patrick.
SCARP Alum Jen Roberton, now a planner in Toronto, says cities need to plan for people who want to have sex in public parks. Using Amsterdam's Vondelpark as the standard, Roberton says that if a park is truly for all members of the community, then cities have to design their parks to be used by everyone. Listen to Jen Roberton's interview on CBC radio:  http://www.cbc.ca/radio/the180/...

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