“The Institute was exceptional in every respect. I have yet to count the many ways that I see it helping me, from teaching to consulting. It was fun to be a student for a while. The content and coverage were so rich. And to top it all, it was a most delightful group of people, leaders, presenters, staff, and 'classmates.’ […] All my HIGH expectations were filled! Twice over! Congratulations on a truly excellent program.”
Professor Roy Knight, School of Architecture, Florida A&M University, United States
“[…] it was excellent! I learned an incredible amount, met wonderful people and was re-inspired to go out and change the world!”
Saya Loehrbach, Sustainability Consultant, CPG Australia Pty Ltd., Melbourne, Australia
What better outcome can there be for a seminar than to motivate its international participants to create positive change toward sustainability in their respective communities and countries—and provide them with the knowledge and tools to do this effectively! Judging by the participant’s praise, the inaugural UBC Summer Institute in Sustainable Urban Design: Natural Systems and the Built Environment—co-hosted by the Design Centre for Sustainability (UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture), UBC Continuing Studies and the Faculty of Applied Science--was a resounding success.
From July 18 to July 23, 2010, urban planning and design professionals from Korea, Australia, the United States and Canada plunged into an intensive and inspiring week-long program of interactive learning. This included lectures and panel discussions by experts in sustainable urban design, small group projects and site visits to some of Vancouver’s most sustainable buildings and neighbourhood developments.
On a tour of the 2010 Winter Olympic/ Paralympic Village guided by Roger Bayley, Institute participants explored the largest LEED Platinum certified neighbourhood in North America. In addition to touring the UBC campus and farm, they also visited two LEED Platinum certified buildings of different scale, the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion, one of the "greenest" convention centres in the world, and a residential home.
Over twenty-five guest lecturers, including faculty from the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and practicing architects, planners and engineers, shared their extensive knowledge, strategies and tools for designing and developing leading-edge sustainable buildings, neighbourhoods, communities and regions. Speakers had been selected to cover a broad spectrum of interrelated themes to consider in the context of sustainable urban design, such as Land Use and Mobility, Energy, Food/ Urban Agriculture; Natural Habitat and Water; and Equity and Well-Being.
In his key-note address during the opening reception and dinner at Chambar Restaurant, the Hon. Mike Harcourt reminded his audience that social and equity issues, such as housing for the homeless and poor, must be addressed as part of sustainable urban planning and design.
Renowned landscape architect Cornelia Hahn-Oberlaender, recipient of the Order of Canada, provided riveting insights into her passionate work at the international forefront of sustainable design. She show-cased several of her signature projects, including Robson Square Gardens, the Vancouver Library, the C.K. Choi Building at UBC and the “living building” currently under construction at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.
Thomas Mueller, President of the Canada Green Building Council, spoke about the most recent approaches to green building and neighbourhood rating systems while architects and engineers such as Darryl Condon, Clinton Cuddington, Piers Cunnington, Vladimir Mikler (Cobalt Engineering) and Martin Nielsen (Busby, Perkins & Will) shared their on-the-ground experiences with designing energy-efficient buildings and neighbourhoods. Mark Holland (Holland Barrs consultants) and Kent Mullinix, Professor for Sustainable Horticulture, engaged their audience in a lively discussion about the role of sustainable agriculture and food security in urban planning and design.
Institute participants not only discussed state-of-the-art strategies, tools and case-studies with these practitioners, who are pushing the boundaries of “green” urban design, but also familiarized themselves with related frameworks and concepts. UBC faculty and staff, including Professors Patrick Condon, Patrick Mooney, Daniel Roehr, Inge Roecker and Kris Fox, communicated leading-edge theory and research results in sustainable urban design. In an interactive session, Sebastian Moffat demonstrated how to integrate the range of sustainability themes and issues in a holistic systems-based approach to design.
This was complemented by practical experiences from a range of professionals, including Part Gordon (Sustainable Cities), Andrew Curran (Translink), Richard White (City of North Vancouver) and Mike Walsh (MetroQuest), who illustrated how to move from concepts and policies to the successful implementation of innovative sustainability strategies.
“It was a great combination of activities that let us learn theory and practice together. The lectures were great […] The field trips were ALL very exciting […] Networking opportunities were also INCREDIBLE […] My learning curve was not a curve, it was a straight vertical line up. Profession, age and cultural backgrounds/ diversity contributed a LOT […] Would definitely recommend this program to everyone aspiring to work/ get into this field…”
Patrick Li, BA Geography (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
At the end of intensive days of learning, Institute participants enjoyed time to unwind and share their different cultural and practical experiences with each other over drinks and dinner, taking in some of the best food and entertainment options Vancouver has to offer.
The week-long event concluded with participants presenting the results of small group projects, the goal of which was to develop constructive strategies and actions for addressing the devastating impacts of climate change featured in the film “The Age of Stupid”. The incoming Director of the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Ms. Leslie Van Duzer, was impressed with the creativity and collaboration participants displayed in developing integrated, practical solutions to some of the greatest sustainability challenges of our century--concluding the Institute with hope and the zest for taking action.
“What an amazing opportunity for a range of professionals to gather under one roof…and come away with a broad knowledge of sustainable urban design. We’ll each take something different back to our careers….but now can work outside of our ‘silos’ and see the bigger, all encompassing picture of sustainability….The way the speakers and facilitators were able to constantly bring thinking and ideas back to urban design was perfect.”
Candace Zboch, Landscape Architect, Environment & Infrastructure Services, Town of Richmond Hill, Canada
We wish to thank the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia and our external partners, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canada Green Building Council, Sustainable Cities, Light House Sustainable Building Centre and Recollective, for their support in delivering the inaugural UBC Summer Institute in Sustainable Urban Design: Natural Systems and the Built Environment
Vancouver, Canada—April 27, 2010— The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced today the winners of the 2010 Professional Awards, representing the best in landscape architecture around the world in the categories of general design, residential design, analysis and planning, research and communication.
The UBC Design Centre for Sustainability received the Honor Award in the Research Category for its project “Getting to Minus 80: Defining the Contribution of Urban Form to Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets,” which synthesizes research findings from a series of projects completed in the City of Calgary, the City of North Vancouver and Strathcona County, Alberta.
This innovative research project closely evaluates and describes in detail the combinations of urban form strategies that landscape architecture and urban design professionals can promote and implement to achieve up to an 80-84% reduction in relative GHG emissions, and beyond.
Learn more about this award-winning project: http://www.asla.org/2010awards/479.html
The jury considered 618 entries—the largest number in ASLA history—from 20 countries around the world, selecting 49 projects for distinction.
The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, September 13, 2010 during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Washington, D.C.
The Design Centre for Sustainability is affiliated with the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia.
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The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has given the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability the Award for Planning Excellence in the Environmental Planning category for its project 100-Year Sustainability Vision: City of North Vancouver.
The project provides a framework for action that would reduce CO2 produced by North Vancouver residents by 80 per cent by 2050 and 100 per cent by 2107. The City of North Vancouver partnered with the Design Centre on this project and will be incorporating it as policy in the Official Community Plan for the city.
The jury considered 53 entries from across Canada, selecting the best projects in nine categories. The awards luncheon will take place during the 2010 CIP Conference from Oct. 2-5 in Montreal.
The Design Centre for Sustainability is affiliated with the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. For this project the Design Centre collaborated with UBC's Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning and Elements Lab.
The Canadian Institute of Planners is the national voice of Canada’s urban planning profession. Since 1919, CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada. In its capacity as the national professional institute and certification body for the planning profession, CIP addresses the issues of professional standards and public policy, both domestically and globally, related to planning and planning-related issues.
For more information about this award-winning project: http://www.cnv.org/c/data/3/541/100%20Year%20Sustainability%20Vision.pdf or www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/2010/jun10.html
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