News and Features

    An article in the Vancouver Sun by Langara instructor Peter Prontzos quotes SCARP's Dr. William Rees' comments about Canada's worsening water crisis. Rees believes the government is shirking their duty to ensure citizens' safety and well being by ignoring our dwindling water supply for the sake of selling oil and hydro electric power. Boiling mad over Canada's water...
SCARP graduates R.J. McCulloch and Megan Faulkner are ready to launch their new online magazine. Working together in the heritage planning/consulting field for the past number of years after graduating from SCARP they are now ready to offer their own perspectives through the production of a new magazine series dedicated to our urban history. Named hindsight, it combines archival photography with...
 Metro News interviewed Penny Gurstein, director of UBC’s school of community and regional planning, about Canada’s national housing strategy.Gurstein believes the housing unaffordability issue in many Canadian cities requires the involvement of the federal government. She referenced federal incentives and tax credits that were available until the 1980s in order to stimulate new rental...
Graduate Students on the  Resilient Coasts Canada team Jackie Yip, Tugce Conger, Michelle Marteleira, and Emily Gray, alongside project lead Dr. Stephanie Chang, recently hosted three webinar sessions for their online Resilient-C platform. The Webinars provided an overview of the site to 95 registered prospective users, with live demonstrations of potential uses. The Resilient-C...
UBC Public Affairs interviewed Penny Gurstein on the eve of the release of the federal government's report on the consultations it conducted this fall on the National Housing Strategy. Contact:Lou Corpuz-Bosshart UBC Public Affairs Tel: 604.822.2048 Cell: 604.999.0473 Email: lou.bosshart@ubc.caToday, the federal government is releasing a report on the consultations it conducted this fall on...
SCARP Transportation Planning Assistant Professor, Dr. Alex Bigazzi, was interviewed by the Huffington Post about his recent research on just how healthy walking and cycling are when the faster we travel, the more polluted air we inhale. Dr. Bigazzi has discovered that there is an optimally healthy speed to travel that may be slower than you think.Here is the Huffington Post interview. U.S....
The BC Rental Housing Coalition, of which SCARP is a member, has submitted their consultation paper to Let’s Talk Housing, the federal government’s national housing strategy consultation process. Penny Gurstein, SCARP Director, contributed to the paper through her continuing research on the fate of public housing.Key recommendations in the submission include:Ensuring federal affordable...
The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Council has awarded SCARP Professor Tim McDaniels the 2016 Distinguished Educator Award, which is awarded annually to "...that teacher, author, or mentor who has contributed substantially to the training of new experts in risk analysis...". The award will be presented at the SRA Annual Meeting on 13 December 2016, in San Diego.The Society...
Janice Barry, SCARP PhD graduate, and SCARP lecturer Libby Porter have penned a new book call Planning for Coexistence? The book discusses land-use planning and indigenous territory claims in Canada and Australia.
 Jonathan Frantz, SCARP alumni and adjunct professor, served as producer and cinematographer on the new film Searchers which premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.Also screened at the Vancouver Film Festival this October, the Searchers story was inspired by the John Ford western of the same name made in 1956.The film is directed by Zacharias Kunuk, the director of...
Insurgencies and RevolutionsReflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and PracticeEdited by Haripriya Rangan, Mee Kam NG, Libby Porter, and Jacquelyn ChaseSeries: RTPI Library SeriesInsurgencies and Revolutions brings together former students, close research associates, and colleagues of John Friedmann to reflect on his contributions to planning...
Watch the public lecture by SCARP Honorary Professor, Dr. John Friedmann. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Chinese Research at UBC. 
On June 9th, SCARP celebrated its 65th Anniversary. The celebration took place at Cecil Green Park House at UBC. The celebration was well attended with about a total of 100 Faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The celebration began with some mingling, door prizes which included 3 books, and the SCARP timeline activity where attendees could add to the timeline if they thought anything was missing...
Citiscope, a blog created to "spur innovations to help cities work better", has taken an interest in Habitat III to be held in Quito, Ecuador this October. SCARP's Penny Gurstein is quoted in a recent article.Read the article.
SCARP PhD student Jeremy Stone has been named a Public Scholar. The initiative from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC, was created to  "...encourage purposeful social contribution, innovative forms of collaborative scholarship, and broader career readiness for students." Jeremy's area of research involves gentrification and the intersecting claims to the city....
An article in the Georgia Straight sings the praises of SCARP Masters Grad Maureen Mendoza, co-founder of KAMP, (Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program) that mentors Filipino youth and helps them reach their full potential. Operating out of Charles Tupper high school on the eastside, the program includes academic tutoring, support in learning English, and personal development. Read the full...
   What is SCARP Orientation? Our orientation on September 6 and 7, 2016 provides incoming students with a jam-packed week of informative and fun activities, a chance to make new friends, and an opportunity to gain insights to help you transition to your new life at SCARP.  Among the many meaningful events on the schedule the ones that stand out are the Pecha Kucha...
SCARP's Honorary Professor Dr. John Friedmann was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from York University on June 17, 2016. John, who turned 90 this year, is a well respected expert on sustainable international development and planning theory. He delivered the convocation address at the School of Environmental Studies at York which is posted below.York University Article Shrinking the...
On June 17th, School of Community and Regional Planning alumni, students, and faculty gathered at the UBC Bookstore to launch the new comprehensive planning book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, edited by SCARP PhD Alumna Ren Thomas. Various contributing authors were present at the launch to answer questions and discuss their specific contributions to the book, which features over thirty...
In April 2016, 13 UBC students from Planning, Engineering and Landscape Architecture travelled to Morelia, Mexico to work with the Institute for Municipal Planning of Morelia (IMPLAN) and Centre for Research on Environmental Geography (CIGA-UNAM) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico on an urban river restoration project....

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