School of Regional and Community Planning (SCARP) Director and Professor Penny Gurstein spoke at a rally along with several other experts to pressure the government in gathering more data on foreign investors so that policy makers can address the housing affordability crisis.
A discussion panel was held in May at SFU Woordward’s about Everything Will Be, a documentary about the decay of Chinatown. The speakers in the panel argued that Chinatown is not in decline but changing on many different levels. School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Adjunct Professor Nathan Edelson said the Chinese community needs to take an active role in preserving Chinatown’s character, calling for an analysis of the area’s urban design.
According to The Province, Mayor Linda Hepner will proceed with her plan to build a light rail track in Surrey despite the majority of residents voting against raising taxes to fund the project. Hepner plans to rely on a public-private partnership, along with provincial and federal funding. School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Professor Larry Frank says the plan is “very ambitious” and adds that Surrey’s downtown density is projected to increase fivefold by 2040.
Engineers in Scrubs and Biomedical Engineering students Gregory Allan, Vivian Chung, Andrew Meyer and Shalaleh Rismani were listed as runner-up of the 2015 James Dyson Award with their Screw Cutter Project. The Screw Cutter helps surgeons in the developing world create custom surgical screws for mending broken bones.
The Victoria Eagles ace pitcher Ethan Skuija will attend UBC this fall and plans to enroll in Engineering. The Victoria Eagles are one of the four final teams playing in the B.C. Premier Baseball League.
Artificial grass is gaining popularity for people interested in its aesthetic appeal and low maintenance. But School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Professor Susan Herrington raises some concerns, saying synthetic lawns have no habitat value. “Something living is different than a piece of plastic…Animals can’t eat it, things can’t live in it that would normally live in the grass environment.” She also refers to reports that have questioned its safety for sports.
Professor and head of UBC Mechanical Engineering Sheldon Green gives an overview of the MECH 2 program at UBC including its history and metrics.
A Tyee author interviewed Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on Vancouver’s uncontrollable housing market. The Mayor wrote a letter to the Premier Christy Clark on the matter, but her response indicated that a foreign ownership or speculation tax could damage the equity in people’s homes.
UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering has partnered with the Central Okanagan Land Trust and other organizations to grant $249,000 to the ongoing restoration in Mission Creek in Kelowna. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says the money will be used to improve the agricultural and ecological system of the creek.
A Yahoo! Health article lists eco-friendly commuting options and features School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) alumnus Matt Gibbs’ seven-mile Edmonton Freezeway. The Freezeway is a man-made ice trail that allows commuters to ice skate to work and would change into a bike path during the summer. The pilot project is set to be implemented next winter.