Workshops and Tours

Tours & Workshops

Thursday February 2nd 9:30-11:30 am

1.Professional Development Workshop: Planning with Circles: Circles Training Workshop

Hosted by: Dr. Wayne Caldwell Pre-Registration REQUIRED Come and learn with us how to use Circle processes in your practice. The Circle process is, generally, a problem-solving method. Circles can build communities, provide support, and generate mutual understanding, in powerful ways. Circles can help people solve complex, emotionally charged and often otherwise intractable problems. Circles offer a structured, safe and supportive environment in which to encourage honest communication and community building - all important components of conflict management. Workshop Capacity: 25 people


Note that the other two options at this time do not require pre-registration and are only listed here to help you decide which session you would like to attend.

2.Professional Development Workshop

Hosted by: Andy Yan, BTAworks Pre-Registration NOT REQUIRED Trained as an urban planner, Andrew Yan, will speak about his professional experiences from BTAworks, the architectural and urban research development division of Bing Thom Architects.

3.Planning Professionals & Academics Panel Discussion

Pre-Registration NOT REQUIRED The panel discussion will aim to establish a candid dialogue between planning academics and professionals about the knowledge and skills that are taught in planning schools, and those that are actually required in the planning field.

Thursday February 2nd 3:45 – 5:30 pm

1.Tour: Neighbourhood Energy Utility Tour

Led by: Kieran McConnell, Engineer, City of Vancouver Pre-Registration REQUIRED The Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) is an environmentally-friendly community energy system that provides space heating and domestic hot water to all new buildings in Southeast False Creek (SEFC), including but not limited to the Olympic Village. Each delegate is required to pay their own transit fee ($5.00 round trip) and should be prepared to spend sometime outside. Note that this tour departs from Harbour Center at 1:45. Tour Capacity: 20 people

2.Tour: Planning, Social Policy and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Led by: Tanya Fink, Planner – Social Policy, City of Vancouver Pre-Registration REQUIRED Vancouver has one of the biggest and strongest Social Planning departments in North America. It has recently relocated to offices in the heart of the inner city-or the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Join Tanya Fink, City of Vancouver Social Planner and recent SCARP graduate, for a look at some of the work that is done in social policy at the municipal level. We will visit sites that offer examples of innovative and progressive social policy by the City of Vancouver along with its community partners. These will include a homeless drop-in, social and supportive housing sites, sites of heritage conservation, a social enterprise, a community garden, a community cultural space, and a community park. We will end with a brief debrief with the City's DTES planning team. Tour Capacity: 15 people

3.Tour: Downtown Cycling Infrastructure – By Bike!

Led by: Hamish Stewart, Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition Pre-Registration REQUIRED We will gather at the Harbour Center and then walk for about 10 min to the bike rental store. Once outfitted with bikes we will tour downtown Vancouver and experience the bicycle infrastructure of the city. We will also explore the seawall as well as the False Creek area. Our route will further lead us past Science World, Granville Island and over the viaduct. Delegates are required to pay $10 per person plus tax for bike rentals. Tour Capacity: 12 people

4.Tour: The Future of Broadway – A Vancouver Great Street?

Led by: Karen Quinn Fung, UBC SCARP Master’s Student Pre-Registration REQUIRED This is a transit tour of Broadway, the site of a number of exciting and interesting planning activities. Sometimes referred to as Vancouver's second downtown, this tour will provide a street-level summary of two planning processes underway — TransLink's UBC Line rapid transit corridor study and the City of Vancouver's Central Broadway planning program — and discuss some of the implications of Broadway's future for the regional context. The tour will go through 3 Vancouver neighbourhoods (Commercial Drive, Fairview, and South Granville). Delegates are required to pay $5.00 per person for bus fare. Tour Capacity: 15 people

5.Hatha Yoga Session

Led by: Lori Schlechtleitner, Innery Corporate Yoga Pre-Registration REQUIRED A one-hour, Hatha yoga session led by certified yoga instructor, Lori from Innergy Corporate Yoga. Relax and reflect on your day during this session hosted in Harbour Centre over looking the Vancouver North Shore. Beginners and experienced yogis welcome! Bring your yoga mat from home if possible, and wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can move in. Please do not eat or drink much before class. Each delegate is required to pay $5.60 to participate. Session Capacity: 20 people

6.Workshop: Embracing the Canadian Climate through Winter City Planning

Workshop led by: Sarah Ramey, Planner, City of Edmonton Pre-Registration NOT REQUIRED Winter City planning seeks to embrace the cold, dark, and often isolating conditions that Canadian cities seasonally experience. Understanding the seasonal variations in how people engage and use spaces is important for planners as cities look for opportunities to celebrate winter and encourage outdoor interaction. This workshop begins with an overview of some of the opportunities available in winter city planning in Canada, using examples from the City of Edmonton. Students will then participate in a creative brainstorming exercise to discuss and develop winter city planning opportunities within a North American context.

Friday February 3rd 2:15 – 5:30 pm

Note that to attend any of the four following tours, 2 afternoon sessions of student presentations must be missed.

1.Tour: UniverCity, SFU Burnaby Mountain

Led by: Dale Mikkelson, Director, Development, SFU Community Trust Pre-Registration REQUIRED This tour will take participants to UniverCity. The newly established community of UniverCity on Burnaby Mountain is home to some of the most innovative and progressive examples of planning for sustainability and green building to date. Dale Mikkelson, tour host and manger of planning and sustainability for UniverCity, has played a lead role in the creation and success of this BC gem. Each delegate will be required to cover their transit fare ($7.50 round trip). Tour Capacity: 20 people

2.Tour: Richmond Olympic Oval and Waterfront

Led by: Todd Bronk Pre-Registration REQUIRED This tour will take participants to the Richmond Waterfront and Olympic Oval. The threat of rising sea levels was seen as an opportunity in Richmond. The redevelopment of the Richmond Waterfront along with the construction of the Olympic Oval, show how functional planning can create an aesthetically pleasing built environment, as well as strengthen the community and mitigate the potentially devastating effects of sea level rise. Each delegate will be required to cover their transit fare ($7.50 round trip). Tour Capacity: 20 people

3.Tour: TransLink Streets Tour

Led by: TransLink BC Pre-Registration REQUIRED This tour will take participants around the City of Vancouver, via train, bus and on foot, examining how streets are planned to accommodate for public transportation. It will examine how bus accommodations, street-scape improvements, and pedestrian zones are integrated into planning efforts and new developments. Participants will also be provided with an overview of the efforts made to integrate real-time bus arrivals and signage, and integrating inter-modal transit efforts. Each delegate will be required to cover their transit fare ($5.00 round trip). Tour Capacity: 15 people

4.Tour: TransLink Land-Use Tour

Led by: Translink BC Pre-Registration REQUIRED This tour will take participants around the City of Vancouver, via train, bus and on foot, examining the multi-modal nature of TransLink’s Regional Transportation initiatives. It will recap the history of non-freeway and future rapid transit plans and transit oriented development. Exploring the benefit of mixed land-use development will highlight the benefit of integrating transportation planning initiatives into land-use planning. Each delegate will be required to cover their transit fare ($5.00 round trip). Tour Capacity: 15 people

Friday February 3rd 3:30 – 5:30 pm

1.Workshop: Source Water Protection

Hosted by: Dr. Robert Patrick, University of Saskatchewan Pre-Registration NOT REQUIRED Ever since the tragic event of Walkerton, Ontario, most Canadian provinces have introduced legislation requiring local implementation of source water protection plans. Source water protection aims to protect public water supplies from contamination at their source (surface water or groundwater). The benefit of this approach is reduced water treatment challenges and costs, protection of human health, and environmental stewardship. In spite of this logic, and provincial requirement, many Canadian communities still do not have source water protection plans in place. This condition opens many opportunities for emerging planners. This workshop will provide background details to explain the concept of source water protection and introduce a model framework for the development of a community source water protection plan based on current research in the Northwest Territories.

2.Open Space Discussion: Occupy Planning: A New Horizon for the 99%?

Facilitated by: UBC SCARP Master’s Students Pre-Registration NOT REQUIRED Occupy Wall Street, an idea generated by Adbusters here in Vancouver, has inspired a movement internationally. The Occupy movement has produced a myriad of voices, but its concerns mostly surround a 'status quo' of increasing inequality in society today. Occupy heightens awareness of the challenges facing planners who may be tasked with working within conditions of structural inequality, or even with implementing programs that exacerbate inequality and its accompanying social problems. Occupy has also challenged directly existing ideas of public space, public process, and public expression. This session asks: what does Occupy mean for planning practice, and what can we as planners offer to this burgeoning movement? This session will be an open space discussion facilitated by SCARP students who feel the occupy movement is important to planning, and would like to explore what our role as planners and citizens is. There will be no official speakers, only open discussion, and our conclusions will be synthesized into a press release. All are welcome!

Saturday February 4th 1:30 – 3:00 pm

1. Urban Revitalization Presentation: Regent Park

Presented by: Dr. Mitchell E. Kosny, Associate Director of the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning Pre-Registration NOT REQUIRED Regent Park is one of the oldest and largest social housing communities in Canada. Originally developed in the late 1940s and 1950s and inspired by Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City movement, it replaced an area of run-down, overcrowded dwellings on the fringes of downtown Toronto. By the turn of the century, the community consisted of 2,100 households (about 7,500 people) with an average annual income of $15,000. Time had not treated the community well, and after fifty years of use, the buildings and mechanicals were aging and needed costly repairs. On February 13, 2006 Toronto Community Housing Corporation began Phase One of Regent Park Revitalization. This presentation provides a check-in on the effort-to-date. What have we learned…where are things now…and what does the future hold?

2.A Local’s Favourites – an Informal Look into Vancouver’s Urban Spaces and Places

Led by: Rosa Shih, UBC SCARP Master’s Student. Pre-Registration REQUIRED This walking tour showcases local’s favourite Vancouver urban spaces, places and personal experiences. Most of these places are not only important landmarks but are representative of the city’s urban core. Insights into history, urban design, and changes experienced by the City will be discussed throughout the duration of the tour. The tour is intended to be informal and places visited may be subject to weather conditions. Tour Capacity: 15 people

3.Olympic Village and Area - An Insider's Perspective

Led by: Niall McGarvey, UBC SCARP Master’s Student Pre-Registration REQUIRED Tour of South East False Creek Olympic Village Public Realm, Hinge Park and Waterfront by former landscape architectural project manager and current UBC School of Community and Regional Planning student Niall McGarvey. This tour will outline some of the sustainable elements of these projects as well as aspects of their history and implementation. Each delegate will be required to cover their transit fare ($5.00 round trip). Tour Capacity: 20 people


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