During the post World War II period, many North Americans suburbanized to enjoy the benefits of larger homes and open space, a breath of fresh air from the inner city and a chance to ‘play’ in their neighbourhoods. Cities, though, never lost their significance in spite of this suburban shift. Cities offer a variety of choice, proximity to amenities, such as public transit, and a liveliness that makes urban living exciting. Urban planning as a profession and field of study has played an indispensable role in helping cities realize their potential. This talk offers an overview of urban planning and how it has made cities healthier, greener and more manageable for the people who live in them. Tim will highlight cities that are leading the way in urban planning innovation (in Canada and abroad) and discuss current opportunities and long-term challenges facing the profession. Some questions include: what are some of the hot topics in urban planning today? Are planning ideas from the mid-20th century outdated? What will be some of the major issues that face urban planners for the coming 100 years?
- Ana María Martínez-Alemán, Professor of Education, Boston College, describes the challenges that universities face in protecting their democratic role in the face of increasing technological change.
- In the inaugural lecture of a new series devoted to "The Next Urban Planet: Rethinking the City in Time," Eugene McCann will present research looking at the impact of urban policy through a social-geographical lens, using Vancouver as a case study.
- October 10, 2014Patricia Brosseau-Liard's (GC 08-09) study of kindergarten kids showed that there is a big difference in the ability of four and five year-olds in determining when adults are lying.
- October 09, 2014Dr. Judith G. Hall, OC, Emerita Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, UBC and Foundation Fellow of the College, is one of six inductees honoured at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in London, Ontario.
- August 25, 2014Check back later this fall for blog entries from Green College Resident Members.
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.