This month we get caught up on the detailed design vision for the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood, find out about a new installation on campus, learn about some 2015 program highlights, and more.
Campus and Community Planning
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Wesbrook Place Design Vision Process Update
UBC, working with the UNA, is in the process of developing a more detailed design vision for the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood. This process follows up on a commitment that UBC made to the UNA, which is incorporated in the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Plan. With just over half of Wesbrook Place built, now was a good time to take a look at the development to date and check in with the community on what is working well and what needs to be improved with regards to neighbourhood design.
A first phase of consultation to develop the more detailed design vision took place from October 19 – November 1 and included workshops and online consultation, including a self-guided walking tour of the neighbourhood. The consultation summary report of what we heard in October is now available online. The report outlines the process and the feedback received from the workshops and the online questionnaire.
Consultation on the draft detailed design vision document will take place in early 2016 and will be broadly advertised.
New Campus Installation
A new installation opened this month at Clock Tower Plaza between the IK Barber and Koerner libraries. Five new poems have been mounted to massive blocks of granite around the outside of the plaza.The project was developed by graduate student Megan Barnet as part of a collaboration between the SEEDS Sustainability Program and the Department of Creative Writing. Through this collaboration, the SEEDS Program worked with Timothy Taylor and graduate students in CRWR 590 to produce a series of interactive place-based projects that contribute to campus vibrancy and social sustainability.
Read the full story online.
Community Grants Highlights
2015 was a great year for community grants, with over $11,000 in finding awarded to 15 great projects, ranging from an ever-popular Bike Rave to a Lunar New Year animation project led by UNA residents, to the UBC Powwow and more.
Generously supported by the UBC Wellbing Initiative, the first-ever UTown @ UBC Community Wellbeing Grants were awarded to six student-led projects that demonstrated a commitment to improving human and ecological wellbeing, while Centennial Grants were awarded to two student projects that will help to animate out campus while emphasizing social innovation and connectedness at UBC during the centennial year.
SEEDS Sustainability Program Highlights
The SEEDS Sustainability program works with hundreds of students and scores of faculty and staff each year. Some of the 2014-201 academic year highlights include:
Find out more about the program highlights online.
In the Spotlight
Renovation proposal for Biological Sciences Building
View and comment on the latest proposal for the renovation of the Biological Sciences Building and new 4-storey East Wing to accommodate the UBC Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Earth Sciences Building Atrium.
More information on this project is available on the Campus and Community Planning website.
Ladner Clock Tower mechanism to be replaced
You may have noticed the hands on the Point Grey campus Ladner Clock Tower have stopped. This is a result of a significant wind storm that happened in August, when trees and power lines fell and caused electrical surges across campus. The Building Operations team is working to repair the clock and is hoping to have it in action again by mid-to-late February.
Replaced pedestrian signals at University Blvd. and Wesbrook Mall
The University recently replaced the signal timing equipment at the University Boulevard / Wesbrook Mall intersection. The signal timing is exactly the same as it was with the existing system with the exception that now the detection system and the pedestrian push buttons are working again. This will help improve the operational efficiency of the intersection. The replaced system means that pedestrian must push the button to activate the pedestrian crossing signal.
UBC Sustainability Fair: Call for Participants
UBC’s Annual Sustainability Fair is a celebration of student engagement and initiatives in sustainability. The Fair highlights sustainability groups on campus, showcase achievements and aim to inspire students, faculty and staff to get involved with sustainability in their own personal way. If your group is interested in participating, learn more and apply.
Sustainability Research Symposium: Call for Applications
UBC is hosting a one-day resaerch symposium design to showcase the spectrum of graduate research surrounding sustainability at UBC. If you are a graduate student interested in participating this event, learn more and apply.
Slower cycling routes
At UBC we have a thousands of people on the go throughout the day. We all need to share the routes used to walk or bike to classes or meetings around the campus. As a result of the high density of pedestrians along Main Mall, University Boulevard, Agricultural Road and portions of East Mall, they have been identified as Slow Cycling routes to reduce the risk of injuries from pedestrian and cyclist collisions. At the entry points to these areas is a SLOW, Pedestrian Priority Zone sign to help raise awareness to cyclists. If cyclists would like to travel at faster speeds they are to use the quicker cycling routes as identified on the map.
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