Welcome to the latest edition of NewsBytes, the tri-annual newsletter that brings readers up to speed on all the SCARP-related news that we can fit into eight pages. Read on to learn about new developments in the introduction of SCARP's Indigenous Community Planning specialization, cool class projects that have come to fruition, and more.
Occupy Planing was initiated by SCARP students interested in exploring, from a planning perspective, the issues brought forth by the global Occupy Movement. The newly formed group has focused its efforts on activating dialogue about 1) How planners interact with structural inequality and other substantial Occupy concerns, 2) What we as planners can learn from the Occupy Movement in terms of process, and 3) How the planning profession can engage with the Occupy Movement.
Over the February reading break, 16 first-year SCARPies headed south to Oregon for the third annual UBC planning students trip to Portland. The group set up shop in an old Victorian, located in the heart of the inner-city between the long-established Northwest neighborhood and the widely-lauded Pearl District, a former industrial and railyard area that has become the poster child for successful urban redevelopment in America.
SCARP faculty began to work on an Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) curriculum initiative in 2010, in recognition of a number of important changes in the planning landscape in B.C. and beyond: from the Treaty process, to the federally mandated duty to consult with First Nations, to the growing demand from First Nations themselves for a comprehensive or holistic approach to community planning.
On February 10 SCARP hosted its fourth annual Student Symposium, this year titled “Rethink: Planning for an Uncertain Future.” The symposium honoured the work of retiring SCARP professors Tony Dorcey and Dr. Bill Rees, who gave a joint keynote address reflecting on their careers at SCARP and offering inspiration for the future of the school and the planning profession. The day’s other keynote speakers were Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute and the Honourable Mike Harcourt.