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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... more

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... more

Sharing extra spots could ease West End parking woes featured a UBC study that examines how renting out parking spots can help with Vancouver’s parking shortage in the West End.

Neal Abbott, who conducted the research ... more

Health and Economic Benefits of a Walkable Urban Form - Dr. Lawrence Frank and the Health and Community Design Lab at UBC were awarded a grant jointly funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, City of Vancouver, Translink, and METRO Vancouver to evaluate chronic disease, social capital, mental health, and physical activity impacts of the built, natural, and social... more

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... more

City Lab quoted Penny Gurstein, a UBC... more

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... more

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". 
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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... more

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-... more

Developers need to make women’s nighttime safety a priority

Metro News interviewed... more

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. 


Lou Corpuz-Bosshart
UBC Public Affairs
Tel: 604.822.2048
Cell: 604.999.0473
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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... more

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... more

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... more

In April 2016, 13 UBC students from PlanningEngineering and Landscape Architecture travelled to Morelia, Mexico to work with the ... more

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: ... more

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... more

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... more

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 the vision... more

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.

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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 overview... more

 SCARP faculty member Dr. Tom Hutton has written a new book called Cities and Cultural Economy. Published by Routledge, it has just been released.


The cultural economy forms a leading trajectory of urban development, and has emerged as a key facet of... more

For hundreds of Vancouver families, an affordable rental suite in the city will be within reach in just two years’ time. The Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation, a public-social sector partnership, is building 358 rental units across the city that will rent for an average of 25 per cent below market value when completed by 2018.

New townhomes and one to three-bedroom apartments... more