Research

SCARP hosts Globalizing Cities Symposium

Over 5-6 October SCARP and colleagues from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Tongji University, Shanghai) convened a successful Symposium at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Participants delivered original research findings within the broad theme of ‘Globalizing Cities and the Reshaping of Space, Place and Territory’, pointing to new directions in planning for resilient communities, affordable housing, cultural districts and ‘smart urbanism’, and informed by emergent theory and empirical analysis.

Jordan Brown aids Housing Approvals Study

Second year Masters of Community and Regional Planning student Jordan Brown has completed research on best practices and discrepancies for residential building approvals across municipalities in Metro Vancouver. By comparing permit costs and times, Jordan helped identify recommendations, such as pre-zoning and online approval systems, for local governments to implement in order to unlock housing supply through the creation of infill housing.

Mark Stevens' "study of studies" appears in JAPA

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 potential value in providing housing in or close to downtown areas and concluded that “compact development features do not appear to have much influence on driving.”

Huffington Post

Neal Abbott's West End parking research makes news

Sharing extra spots could ease West End parking woes

Phys.org 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 for his master’s program at UBC’s school of community and regional planning, found that 46 of the area’s 600-plus residential properties have at least 3,700 vacant parking stalls altogether.

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