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PENNY GURSTEINStronger tools needed to fix affordable housing “crisis”A City of Vancouver incentive to developers is doing little to ease Vancouver’s affordable housing crunch, according to UBC researchers.Analysis conducted by the Housing Justice Project, led by UBC Planning Professor Penny Gurstein and Law Professor Margot Young, examined Community Amenity Contributions (CACs). CACs are in-kind...
Students, faculty and members of the public joined panelists, Raymond Fung (Director of Utilities and Transportation for the District of West Vancouver), and Kyra Lubell and Shelley Heindricks (Policy and Planning Analysts) from the City of Vancouver, in a conversation about municipal water policy in BC. Read about their discussion and the The Water Planning Lab at the School of Community and...
A debate on affordable housing in Vancouver with a panel of housing experts and candidates for Vancouver City Council.The debate will be moderated by Penny Gurstein, Director of SCARP. The candidates and panelists are as follows:Candidates:Green Party: Adriane CarrNPA: Ian RobertsonCOPE: Lisa BarrettCedar Party: Glen ChernenVision: Geoff MeggsOneCity: RJ AquinoHousing Panel:Jill Atkey (...
John Friedmann, Patsy Healey, John Forester, Cliff Hague, Michael Batty, Klaus Kunzmann, Peter Hall (via Skype), Judith Innes, Andreas Faludi, Charles Hoch, Louis Albrechts, Gerhard Schimak, Rachelle Alterman, Barrie Needham and Peter Marcuse met at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria – for an entire week in May 2014. But why?Check out this 6 min video providing first glimpses of what...
October 27, 2014SCARP Professor Dr. Leonie Sandercock is featured in an article by Denis Calnan in today's Ottawa Hill Times on Social Sciences and Humanitities Research Council (SSHRC) grants  - here is an excerpt:"Leonie Sandercock, a professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning, is hard at work on the project she was awarded almost $200,000 for. Prof. Sandercock, who...
Each year, many SCARPies spend some of their summer hours gaining work experience through part-time or full-time work, internships, or other research-oriented initiatives. UBC and the City of Vancouver partnered for the 5th year in a row on the Greenest City Scholar program and 5 SCARP students securing research positions this year. Working with the Vancouver Police Department, Christa Brown’s...
SCARP collaboration with False Creek South Neighbourhood Planning group sets starting point for Neighbourhood Plan "Local residents have organized to begin the process of addressing the future of their land and their community. We have been asked to help begin the process of documenting and visioning to enable the community to address challenges and identify opportunities for a healthy...
SCARP Director, Penny Gurstein is quoted in a recent Vancouver Province news story about a UBC survey of Metro Vancouver residents and their experience with housing. The survey shows that one in six respondents believe they have been discriminated against by landlords and many report dissatisfaction with the region’s unaffordability. Dr. Gurstein said the goal of the survey was to...
Thank you to everyone who contributed to another successful student symposium! The SCARP Planning Students' Association invites you to join us February 7, 2014 for the 6th annual SCARP Student Symposium, "Embracing ComplexCity". Come and explore ways to respond to the ‘wicked problems’ of the twentieth-century. These include environmental, social and...
 Second year Master's student Malcolm MacLean is the winner of our 'What Is Planning?' video contest.Check out Malcolm's winning video. 

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