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 Are planning ideas from the mid-20th century outdated?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?
- Green Visiting Professors Christine Chambers and Michael Sullivan rethink a chronic problem
- Michael Byers and Rob Huebert discuss sovereignty and security in the first in a series of cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral presentations on changing realities and understandings of the Arctic
- August 28, 2014Vessey, the third Principal since the College’s inception, will oversee a new leading scholars program, pilot projects on the Arctic and world urbanism, and expanded public engagement in collaboration with the Vancouver Institute and Alumni UBC during the coming year.
- July 18, 2014PhD student Jake Wall ('09-'11) uses GPS collars, Google Earth and algorithms he developed to help rangers protect elephants
- 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.