School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Come for the selfie, stay for the sustainability
UBC students built a hempcrete building that is one of the first ‘carbon-minimal’ institutional buildings in Canada. Bonus – it’s Instagram worthy
Apr 13, 2023
Event: One of Canada’s first carbon-minimal campus spaces is now complete – and it was designed entirely by students
Media are invited to take a first look at Third Space Commons, UBC’s newest teaching and learning space that is one of Canada’s first institutional spaces designed to be near-zero embodied carbon. It’s also the first such building designed by students.
Apr 12, 2023
UBC experts on Greyhound shutdown
UBC experts are available to comment on Greyhound Canada’s decision to permanently shut down all bus service in Canada.
May 13, 2021
New book maps links between global finance and the places we call home
Architecture professor Matthew Soules is a thought-provoking artist, designer and author. His latest offering is a new book, Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin which tackles the impact of global capital on large cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Barcelona and New York.
May 13, 2021
The post-pandemic city: UBC expert on how the coronavirus will impact future cities
The current COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing the way we live and the way we work. Do these changes signal long-lasting impacts on the design and architecture of our cities? We spoke to UBC professor Patrick Condon.
Mar 23, 2020
Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver’s single-family homes
Rising property values in Vancouver have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the new homes, this cycle is likely to increase overall greenhouse gas emissions.
May 23, 2018
UBC experts on mobility pricing for Metro Vancouver
The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission is considering charging drivers for each kilometre driven and charging tolls for traffic-heavy areas.
Jan 16, 2018
UBC experts on Vancouver housing strategy
The city of Vancouver has announced details of its housing strategy.
Nov 23, 2017
Disaster-proofing our cities requires concerted effort, says UBC expert
Recent flooding in Texas has underscored the need for flood prevention in flood-prone North American cities.
Sep 6, 2017
Vancouver “teardown index” predicts which houses are at risk
Approximately one-quarter of detached homes in Vancouver’s red-hot housing market could be torn down between now and 2030, according to a new forecasting tool.
Feb 21, 2017
UBC experts on national housing report
The federal government is expected to release its housing report on Nov. 22, which is also National Housing Day. UBC experts are available to comment.
Nov 21, 2016
Real estate developers a mixed blessing for cities: UBC expert
Real estate developers play an important role in cities but their legacy is not uncontroversial, argues UBC architecture professor Sara Stevens in her new book.
Nov 4, 2016
Margolese prize winner advocates for sustainable landscape design
Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander — this year’s winner of the prestigious Margolese Prize — could easily rest on her laurels.
Oct 29, 2015
Could our outdoor play spaces be too safe?
With temperatures heating up and spring already underway, it’s time for children to play outside again. But are our play spaces good enough, or could they actually be too safe?
Mar 31, 2015
A Mongolian-style yurt is a unique and sustainable addition to UBC Farm.
Jun 2, 2014 - by Shannon Lambie
A new path through ancient forests
Professors, students and alumni are working with Aboriginal groups to find answers to big questions about the future of their forests.
May 12, 2014 - by Heather Amos
New Director of CIRS Ray Cole says we should expand our focus from creating green buildings to creating sustainable patterns of living.
Nov 4, 2013
Against all odds
Monica Pearson wades into the chilly waters of the Fraser River to save Canada’s last 300 Oregon spotted frog breeding females
Apr 3, 2013 - by By Brian Lin
Award-winning ideas for affordable housing
Ian Ross McDonald, adjunct faculty at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), received an award of excellence for his affordable housing idea in the recent City of Vancouver re:THINK HOUSING […]
Aug 15, 2012
Tangential Vancouverism exhibit offers playful, bold ideas on city’s future
Being the world’s “most liveable city” means different things to different people in Metro Vancouver. Curated by UBC graduate students Alexandra Kenyon and Alex Buss, the exhibition Tangential Vancouverism challenges the city to envision new ways to create density and diversity.
Mar 1, 2012