Vancouver Is Awesome is a proud sponsor of Beyond Downtown, the 2013 SCARP Student Symposium.
We regularly hear stories in the news about how Vancouver is one of the most livable cities in the world. As a child of the suburbs, I often ask myself if one day we might not be saying the same for the whole of Metro Vancouver rather than just our City.
We’ve got our constraints on sprawl: the mountains, the Salish Sea, the US border; and we still have pretty abundant agricultural lands in Delta, Richmond, and further up the valley to decrease our collective food miles and enjoy some good, Metro Van-grown eats. So what’s stopping us from making Metro Vancouver the greenest, most livable, most awesome region on the planet?
The Planning Students Association at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) announce the 5th annual SCARP Student Symposium, which will take place on the UBC Vancouver campus Friday, February 8, 2013.
The 2013 Symposium, which aims to bring together planning practitioners, students, business owners, developers, and engaged citizens will be focused on topics around ‘Beyond Downtown & Outside the Box’.
With the overwhelming majority of population growth taking place in suburban areas the need for a modern take on suburban design has become critical. Innovative planning and design ideas are needed to move towards sustainability across British Columbia and beyond. At the UBC SCARP Student Symposium, we will explore fresh new ideas to guide and revitalize our urban, rural, and first nations communities in the years to come.
We’re excited to welcome our keynote speakers Ellen Dunham-Jones, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (view her awesome TEDx talk), and Patrick Stewart, the first Aboriginal architect to become the President of the Architectural Institute of BC. They’ll be joined by a panel of local leaders in the community planning sector including Vancouver’s Brian Jackson, Surrey’s Jean Lamontagne, Coquitlam’s Jim McIntyre, and New Westminster’s Lisa Spitale.
This year we’ve partnered with the Planning Institute of British Columbia to offer 6.25 Organized/Structured CPD Learning Units to PIBC members. Everyone is welcome but space is limited so register today!
To register and find more information including a schedule of panel sessions, visit the Symposium website at http://www.scarpsymposium.ca
See you there!