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.
Dr. Ren Thomas, editor, accompanied by some SCARP alumni and faculty, who were authors, being awarded a CIP Award of Merit for the book, Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach in June 20 at the CIP conference in Calgary.
The SCARP story can be found at: https://scarp.ubc.ca/news-and-features/alumni/planning-canada-case-study-approach-new-book-ren-thomas
SCARP professor Tom Hutton has written a positioning chapter on 'The Cultural Economy of the City: pathways to theory and understanding inequality' in a new book titled 'Inequalities in Creative Cities' edited by Ulrike Gerhard, Michael Hoelscher and David Wilson.
Thu Apr.6 2017
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.
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.”
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.
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 environment.