Geering Up brings engineering and science fun to the Musqueam community

A full week of exciting engineering and science lessons was on the schedule for 45 kids and youth in the Musqueam community – Geering Up, UBC Engineering’s summer camp, brought more than a dozen hands-on activities, such as designing forts, building snap circuits and extracting DNA from strawberries, to eager participants in Grades 1 to 7.

Through each activity, Geering Up instructors, who are UBC students, teach engineering and science by getting campers to build and perform experiments – all while having fun.

How ecodesign can help create kinder, gentler cities

More than half of the world’s population is now living in cities. According to UBC’s Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning Larry Beasley, retired chief planner for the City of Vancouver, that number is only set to increase. With a view to creating more sustainable and livable cities, Beasley has penned a new book, Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs, with co-author Jonathan Barnett. Here, he explains what ecodesign is all about, and why it’s crucial for our future.

What is ecodesign?

SCARP alum discusses city and community partnership to build affordable housing

The Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation, a public-social sector partnership, is building affordable housing to be completed by 2018. According to School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) researcher Kristin Patten, this is the first time the City of Vancouver has offered long-term release of city-owned land to community organizations instead of BC Housing. Patten noted the benefits of this community land trust model, including maximized affordability and self-sustainability.

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