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 Are planning ideas from the mid-20th century outdated?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?
- Why do people make irrational economic decisions? Two experts - a behavioural economist and a computer scientist - provide answers
- Digital media are rapidly changing the exploration and creation of arts and culture. Artistic experimentation and cultural research have adopted a dazzling array of digital tools and technologies to make art and examine cultural practices. This series, co-sponsored by Green College UBC and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan, presents innovative artists and scholars from across North America who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary creative and critical practice.
- February 25, 2014J.B. MacKinnon talks about a possible future 'rewilded' Vancouver in an interview with UBC Creative Writing prof and Green College series co-convenor Deborah Campbell.
- February 04, 2014Kevin Leyton-Brown was awarded the 2014 Steacie Memorial Fellowship, while Makoto Fujiwara led the Canadian contingent on the ALPHA antimatter team awarded the Polanyi Award.
- 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.
- Audio recording of Jillian Christmas and Chris Gilpin (Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings series)September 20, 2013On Wednesday, September 18, poetry-slam champion Jillian Christmas was joined by Chris Gilpin for live readings at Green College.