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Editor Ren Thomas' new book: Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach was launched on June 17th at the UBC Bookstore. The book uses case studies to demonstrate the multidisciplinary and participatory approach used by community and regional planners. For a full story on the book launch see Claire Kiernan's article: https://apsc.ubc.ca/news/2016/06/book-launch-planning-canada-takes-new-...
SCARP Director Penny Gurstein has been recognized with a prestigious 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, in the category of Education, Training & Development.  She was selected out of a group of five highly accomplished educators at an event hosted by the YWCA at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Wednesday, June 8.  Upon receiving the award, Penny spoke about the importance of...
Ecoplan International, led by SCARP Alumni and adjunct professor Will Trousdale, has won an Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) Award for Planning Excellence for Indigenous planning, along with the Cowichan Tribes: Aboriginal Community Planning and DevelopmentCowichan Tribes Community Transportation and Mobility Plan (Cowichan Valley, BC)Awarded to: EcoPlan International and Cowichan...
Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach, a new book edited by SCARP Alumna Ren Thomas, will be launched at the UBC Bookstore on June 17th. Dr. Thomas, a SCARP PhD (2011) and Masters (2007) graduate, is about to start a her new Assistant Professor position at the Dalhousie University School of Planning.  The book contains chapters from a number of SCARP faculty, adjunct faculty and former...
As John Friedmann turns 90, author Mike Douglass (a former student of John's) has written what SCARP Associate Director, Maged Senbel calls "a short but powerful depiction of some of John’s many contributions to the field of planning. I am certain that for every achievement that Mike mentions there are dozens more that are too numerous to mention." Full text of the article can be found at:...
Business in Vancouver on Roundhouse Radio featured an interview with Jeremy Stone, a PhD candidate from UBC’s school of community and regional planning.Stone discusses the issue of retail gentrification, the phenomenon which involves the displacement of people that can occur with a rapid changeover in the types of businesses in an area.The segment starts at 8:30. Roundhouse...
  Panel Discussion: Can Vancouver Become More Affordable While Remaining Livable? Can Vancouver build more affordable housing while maintaining our high quality of life? Our panelists will present their vision of whether, where, and how this can be done. We will give special emphasis to the role of community groups in preserving the character of family-friendly neighbourhoods. ...
May 16, 2016 - Jeremy Stone who was in our expert advisory last week was interviewed on Global TV last week:http://globalnews.ca/video/2700725/fort-mcmurray-residents-businesses-will-soon-begin-rebuilding-process He will also appear in Business in Vancouver’s show for a 20 minute interview tomorrow morning at 9:15am on 98.3 FM. News 1130 taped a phone interview as well. 
 Wednesday, April 13, 2016Unsubscribe | Printable Version | Send this to a friend UBC SCARP 65th Anniversary CelebrationAlumni, faculty, students and friends of the school are invited to a reception to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the School of Community and Regional Planning. Come reconnect with former classmates and professors, and learn what's new at SCARP and plans for the future of...
Urban cyclists: Don’t breathe on busy roads! Riding on congested city streets, industrial areas or suburban thoroughfares increases the amount of toxic chemicals absorbed by your body, according to a new study by UBC professor of civil engineering Alex Bigazzi.“It is still better to be bicycling to get the health benefits from physical activity, even with the amount of (air pollution)...
That time Vancouver led the world in housing insightExperts say the United Nations’ first-ever Habitat conference, held May 1976 in Vancouver, marked a turning point in housing and city planning, reports The Tyee.“There was an amazing air to the place. The people there for the Habitat Forum were some of the most critical thinkers in the world,” said Penny Gurstein, an architecture student at...
SCARP's Dr. John Friedmann will give The Institute on Inequality and Democracy's first annual Distinguished Lecture at UCLA on April 26th. The lecture "celebrates the lifetime achievement of a scholar in the field of social justice".The title of his talk: “The Ruse of Reason: Poverty, Inequality, and Personal Freedoms in the People’s Republic of China 1950-2015” Room 2355...
SCARP's Philippines Studio Project has been selected as the winner of a 2016 AICP Student Project Award.  The project “Climate Change Adaption Planning in Bulacan Philippines” was chosen from a 'very competitive group' according to Monidca Groh of the American Planning Association. In an email to student Aaron Lao and past PSA President, George Benson, she went on to commend the students on...
In April 2016, Tim McDaniels will be a visiting professor at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. His short term position is funded by the Helmholtz Alliance “Energy-transition” project. He will teach a short course on structured decision-making and also collaborate on research activities with Professor Ortwin Renn and his students In May 2016 Tim McDaniels will be a visiting researcher...
SCARP Professor in Decision Sciences and Policy Analysis, Tim McDaniels has been reappointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. EPP is well recognized among departments that approach engineering issues with a public policy orientation. Tim has been an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon for over 15...
The latest SCARP Newsbytes Newsletter is hot off the press! This Winter Edition is full of happenings at SCARP. Meet the new PSA Executive, travel to India with the PLAN 545 class, and to Whitehorse, Yukon with six students attending the Northern Planning Conference.It's all here:  Newsbytes
Three SCARP Master's students have been recognized with an Honourable Mention in the 2016 Hines Competition, organized by the Urban Land Institute.  Alix Krahn, Aaron Lao, and Sander Mozo were part of a five-member interdisciplinary team from UBC, along with Anežka Gočová (SALA) and Mark Chen (Sauder).  The submission, "The Gradient City", proposed the completion of...
Dr. Tim McDaniels' class - Planning Practice Methods: Insights from policy analysis, planning and decision-making (PLAN525) have completed their group reports. Topics range from Heat Waves and Drought to Fish Farming and Laneway Housing. Have a look at these thoughtful reports on issues in the community.    ...
On February 26th nearly 225 attendees gathered at UBC in the AMS Student Nest for Generation(s): The 8th Annual SCARP Symposium.  Entirely organized by SCARP student volunteers, the event was a huge success. In attendance were UBC students from within and outside the SCARP program, students from several other universities, professional planners, individuals from the non-profit...
We find that water use in liters per capita per day (lpcd) continues to fall, with total water use dropping 18% to 494 lpcd, and residential water use falling 12% to 312 lpcd from 2009. If our survey results accurately estimate water use trends, the province would be on track to meet its target to improve water efficiency by 33% by 2020. The BC Municipal Water Survey 2016 presents an...

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