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 present at the launch to answer questions and discuss their specific contributions to the book, which features over thirty planning case studies.
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: https://apsc.ubc.ca/news/2016/06/book-launch-planning-canada-takes-new-approach-preparing-students .
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.
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 15 years, and has served on PhD committees, presented seminars and participated in four major interdisciplinary centres with EPP faculty.
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 for Midtown Atlanta by providing a spectrum of diverse urban experiences connecting across an underdeveloped site.
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.
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 of local water use, pricing, and metering coverage in the province of British Columbia.
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SCARP faculty member Dr. Tom Hutton has written a new book called Cities and Cultural Economy. Published by Routledge, it has just been released.
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Penny Gurstein's Future of Public Housing has released a new online video showing the history of public housing in Canada and the need for more public housing funding. The video was produced by Masters students Aaron Lao and Emme Lee. More on public housing can be found at: futureofpublichousing.ca