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SCARP Director and affordable housing advocate Penny Gurstein is nominated for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Education, Training and Development category. "Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours extraordinary women leaders, while raising much-needed funds for YWCA programs and services that improve the lives of thousands of people each...
  SCARP Assistant Professor, Jordi Honey-Roses was a key presenter at the Drought Preparedness Workshop held at UBC March 3rd. An article in the Vancouver Sun says water consumption is down in the province but it's unclear if BC residents are responding to calls for water conservation or if public policy is driving the change. Read full article
by Maria Trujillo On February 1st, 2016, Eric Fox, 2015 graduate of the SCARP master’s program presented a poster on his recent research examining the relationship between workplace neighbourhood environment, physical activity and healthy living at the 2016 Active Living Research (ALR) Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL. The ALR Conference, held annually in the U.S., is a premier...
SCARP Alumnus Ren Thomas has written a new book that includes a range of practice and research based cases in eight areas: community and social planning, urban form and public health, natural resource management, housing, participatory processes, urban design, urban redevelopment, and transportation and infrastructure planning. They include examples from urban, rural, and Aboriginal communities...
SCARP Professor Emeritus Setty Pendakur, an expert on China, says Canada's lack of restrictions on offshore money have fuelled the skyrocketing housing prices in Vancouver.Read the full story in the Vancouver SunJan. 15, 2016 
Below are the details for the upcoming Masters Professional Project Presentations on Tuesday, January 19th. Everyone is welcome to attend. The presentations will take place in West Mall Annex, Room 240, Tuesday, January 19th, 2016. Kathryn LennonYoung Hearts in Chinatown: Activating Public Space in Vancouver's ChinatownMaged Senbel (Research Supervisor), Andy Yan (Bing Thom Architects)9...
Registration is now open for the School of Community and Regional Planning’s 8th Annual Symposium, taking place on Friday, February 26th, 2016.We invite professionals, academics and students to join us for a full day of discussion on planning issues. Planning strives to be a profession of generation(s); we hope to work across generations, to pass knowledge from one generation to another, and...
Reflections from Paris: Forests and Climate ChangeJordi Honey-Rosés The streets of Paris have been decorated with environmental messages that aim to pressure international delegates to find a binding agreement that will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. This poster calls for “People change not climate change”. Paris, France. November 2015 (29 November 2015) Paris, France.This...
Penny Gurstein, director of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, talked about refugee settlement on CBC’s Early Edition. She expects the Syrians to be resettled in the more populated areas like Metro Vancouver and anticipates that they might have long-term housing struggles. B.C. Housing would be pressed to find housing for the new arrivals and non-profits would also have to step up,...
Wanted: New Vancouver chief planner, can start immediatelyTwo UBC professors question the lack of a city plan for Vancouver in a new Vancouver Sun op-ed.“A citywide plan can provide a much-needed framework to guide development and reflect our collective voice in our city’s future,” wrote Patrick Condon, chair of the Masters Design Program in the School of Architecture and Landscape...
UBC professor emeritus Setty Pendakur defended urban planner Andy Yan’s research on real estate ownership in Vancouver.“The methodology is correct. It is acceptable by high academic standards. (Instead of) the mayor and others indulging in name-calling about ‘racist tones,’ it is better for civilized discourse if they can suggest how they would have done this research,” Pendakur, who is a former...
In a recent Vancouver Sun editorial SCARP Distinguished Practice Professor, Larry Beasley muses about the future of suburbia and way that planners can approach change.Read Vancouver Sun Op-Ed
The UBC Public Scholar Initiative seeks to "support PhD pathways that encourage purposeful social contribution, innovative forms of collaborative scholarship, and broader career readiness for doctoral students". SCARP PhD students Sara Ortiz Escalante and Lyana Patrick have been accepted into the new UBC Public Scholar Initiative.  To read more about the goals of the initiative go...
SCARP Students' Association President George Benson has been selected as a recipient of the "Faces of Today Award". The Award recognizes exemplary student leaders on campus who exhibit sustained leadership, community involvement, service and character.Eight student leaders who are selected to be the Faces of Today recipients are highlighted at the UBC Student Leadership Conference...
From: Andrew Egan Date: 29 October 2015 at 11:32 Subject: Your Students sharing knowledge I am writing to express our gratitude toward three of your students and their efforts in sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm. Langara College offers a course on environmental problems and solutions. In late September, we took our students on a field trip that includes a visit to the Olympic...
Professor Leonie Sandercock was presented with the Distinguished Planning Educator Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning at their recent conference in Houston, Texas. Her moving acceptance speech bears repeating. Just when I was in danger of becoming a really cranky old lady, I got this email from June Thomas telling me I had won this award. What an honor to be...
 SCARP faculty member Dr. Tom Hutton has written a new book called Cities and Cultural Economy. Published by Routledge, it has just been released.ABOUT THE BOOKThe cultural economy forms a leading trajectory of urban development, and has emerged as a key facet of globalizing cities. Cultural industries include new media, digital arts, music and film, and the design industries and professions...
Are you concerned about issues such as housing, homelessness, and poverty in Canada, but aren't sure who to vote for? SCARP Director Penny Gurstein and Research Assistants Aaron Lao and Emme Lee have contributed a section on housing and homelessness to the Canada Poverty Audit for the 2015 federal election.  The project combines the work of leading academics across Canada to assess each...
SCARP students Emme Lee and Aaron Lao have been trained in the art of RSA Animate video or whiteboard animation. They have put their training to use in a video on the housing crisis in Vancouver and the rest of Canada.Canada's housing system faces an era of uncertainty. We can all agree that housing is a basic need, but more and more Canadians are finding it difficult to get the housing...
Penny Gurstein notes that there is a housing crisis in Vancouver but according to a survey the federal election candidates have not addressed it in their campaigns.The next federal government should promote the construction of rental buildings and get involved in building affordable housing. Government should also get back to offering subsidies for co-operatives. Read the Vancouver Sun...

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