In this issue, we highlight a video of Salvador Rueda’s talk on Barcelona’s plan to create car-free superblocks, the Green Building Plan is seeking feedback, UBC SEEDS Sustainability program is lauded for best practices, and the UBC Bus Loop closes, and more!
Campus and Community Planning
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Barcelona’s bold move to reclaim public space
In recent years, Barcelona has implemented a radical new plan to address the problems of excessive pollution, noise, and a lack of quality public space by converting a major portion of its streets to public spaces. Salvador Rueda, Director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, spoke at UBC on February 1, about the bold plan to create superilles (superblocks). Barcelona’s plan will reduce traffic by 21% and restrict vehicles to a number of big roads. This will drastically reduce noise and pollution, and free up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars by turning them into spaces for people. Rueda visited UBC Vancouver in late January to participate in a Campus as a Living Lab initiative with UBC Campus and Community Planning and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARF). Learn more and watch the video.
Reconciliation Pole: Honouring a Time Before, During and After Canada’s Indian Residential Schools
UBC has partnered with a private donor to commission the carving of a totem pole that recognizes the complex aspects of reconciliation related to Canadian Indian residential schools. The 55-foot cedar pole is being carved on site by James Hart, Haida master carver and hereditary chief and other carvers from the Haida community. Drop by the white tent at Main Mall and Agronomy Road to see the carvers in action.
Reconciliation Pole will be installed in the manner of a traditional Haida pole raising on Saturday April 1, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of Main Mall and Agronomy Road. All are welcome to attend and participate in the event. Visit ceremonies.ubc.ca for more information.
In the Spotlight
UBC Bus Loop is now closed All stops have moved to Wesbrook Mall until Summer 2019. This affects the 99 B-Line, 25, 33, 41, 43, 49, and 480. The new UBC Bus Exchange is now open for drop-offs only. Find a pedestrian detour map at transportation.ubc.ca. Submit your ideas for the Green Building Plan UBC is in the process of developing a Green Building Plan for the Vancouver campus. Submit ideas by March 31. Learn how you can give feedback. SEEDS Best Practices UBC’s SEEDS Sustainability program has recently been featured by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) as a case study in their 2017 best practices report. Lee Square Light Shows Colourful light shows each night at the Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square across from the UBC Bookstore. UBC Engineering Student Centre has won the Institutional Wood Design award for small buildings. Congratulations to Shelley Craig and the team from Urban Arts Architecture, Vancouver. Bike Theft Survey Help us reduce bike theft on campus by participating in a short survey sponsored by Project 529. Your experiences and attitudes surrounding bike theft will be shared with law enforcement agencies, the bike industry and cycling organizations. HUB Bike to Work Week UBC wins award for Best in Higher Education and Best Workplace (1,000+ employees) presented at the 2017 HUB Bike Awards. AMS Athletic Space Referendum The AMS is holding a referendum question on whether to establish a fee that contributes to the construction of a student fitness & recreation building. Students can vote March 6-10 as part of the AMS Elections. C+CP Employment opportunity: Senior Manager, Public Engagement C+CP has an opening for a Senior Manager, Public Engagement. Deadline for applications is March 13, 2017. Learn more at hr.ubc.ca
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