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Rethinking our relationship with water

Jul 04, 2022 | 01:05pm | Announcement

Humans love to settle near coastlines and river valleys, lured by the flat, fertile land and opportunities for trade but water floods fields, swallows ships, and stirs up hurricanes that wipe out entire settlements in an instant.

Turning skyscrapers into trees

Jul 04, 2022 | 12:26pm | Announcement

After years of research, a wood scientist, a mechanical engineer, and a chemical engineer have invented a new way to protect cities from climate change: turning buildings into giant trees.

The gathering place

Jun 28, 2022 | 07:17pm | Announcement

While the prominence of central public spaces has waxed and waned over centuries and civilizations, the past few decades have seen an implosion of the very concept.

The ideal city?

Jun 28, 2022 | 03:40pm | Announcement

There may be no such thing as an ideal city, but Vancouver has shown the world an admirable model.

Canada Research Chair awarded to UBC SCARP Assistant Professor

Jun 02, 2022 | 10:43am | Announcement

Dr. Julia Gabriele Harten, Assistant Professor in the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Data Innovation for Housing and Inclusive Urbanization.

UBC Civil Engineering researchers say the e-bikes are alright

Jun 02, 2022 | 09:00am | Announcement

In one of the first large-scale studies to measure the real-world usage of electric bikes, UBC Civil Engineering researchers found most other road users are comfortable sharing cycling lanes and off-street paths with these new modes of transport.

Landscapes can be weaponized to influence public opinion and perception during war

The Conversation | May 16, 2022 | 08:53am | Media coverage

Affordability needs to be built into Edmonton's plans to boost density with infill development: expert

Edmonton Journal | May 09, 2022 | 02:50pm | Media coverage

School of architecture and landscape architecture professor Patrick Condon said if Edmonton wants to keep housing prices down it needs to be intentional about building affordability into the way land is regulated and focus on “disciplining the land…

Architects Against Housing Alienation to represent Canada at international architectural exhibition

CityNews | May 09, 2022 | 02:46pm | Media coverage

Architects Against Housing Alienation, co-led by school of architecture and landscape architecture professors Matthew Soules, Dr. Sara Stevens, Dr. Tijana Vujosevic, will represent Canada at next year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, an …

How should we actually prepare for natural disasters?

The Jas Johal Show | May 09, 2022 | 02:41pm | Media coverage

UBC school of community and regional planning postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ryan Reynolds discussed how to prepare for natural disasters as B.C. tests its emergency alert system.

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