Foundations for Geocontextualization

Urban design and development is an iterative process that involves community engagement and multiple feedback cycles. Advances in internet technologies and web mapping technologies has made it possible to display design plans on websites and to collect feedback on specific locations or aspects of the provided design. Using web mapping applications to feedback from the community is formally known as facilitated volunteer geographic information (FVGI).

Housing Boom and Bust in Resource-based Economy-the Case of Ordos City, China

Ordos is a resource-based city located in Inner Mongolia, China, which currently undergoes a financial crisis caused by a collapsing housing market. During the past 15 years, the housing market in Ordos City has experienced a boom and bust cycle. This research aims to conduct a systematic and scientific research to thoroughly explore the reasons behind this unfortunate crisis. The significance and uniqueness of this research lie in the discussion of housing market in a resource-based economy, which is a missing part in the existing studies.

Getting to Groundbreaking (G2G) Year 3 Focus on Hi-Rise

The Gettingg to Groundbreaking project 2015-16 seeks to engage two masters student interns for Sept 2015-June 2016 in order to complete original research into the home building policy and process applicable to high-rise developments in municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region and Abbotsford The interns will conduct survey, interview, secondary and case studyba. sed research, consultation across the spectrum of interests in housing policy and development issues, and will construct and maintain a unique database, for a third annual iteration of this study.

Treaties and Boundaries Project

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use, creating as full a historical, cultural, and economic record as possible, as well as strong land use management/consultation, water and asset management, and public health systems. This information will inform cultural research, treaty negotiations, and community development.

Developing the Community Partnership Network-Local Immigrant Partnership for enhanced community integration in the Capital Regional District

The overall purpose of the Community Partnership Network (CPN) of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) is to develop the Capital Region’s capacity to more effectively attract, welcome and integrate newcomers into our community, workplaces, organizations and institutions. Through this research project, the CPN will develop a wellfounded and sustainable Local Immigrant Partnership (LIP) based on an analysis of the assets and barriers for newcomer integration in the Capital Regional District.

Quantifying the stormwater management benefits of urban forests under various climate change scenarios in a Vancouver sub-catchment

The trees and plants – also called urban forest – in our cities help to absorb and evaporate rainwater. Since cities have a lot of surfaces that are impermeable, rainwater cannot infiltrate the soil and has to be moved away through pipe systems, carrying the pollution it collects on the surface. The urban forest is an important because it helps clean the water thought roots systems, and reduces the quantity of water that, during big storms, can fill water pipes and overflow.

Urban Economic Innovation Lab – Phase 1

Vancouver’s inner city is experiencing disproportionate levels of poverty and is under strong development pressure, with concern that few of the associated benefits are being captured by local communities and economies. An appetite exists for innovation in economic development but current community capacity to explore and support these ideas is limited. RADIUS SFU and Ecotrust Canada are developing a social innovation lab methodology and framework that works with community to design, test and launch new approaches to sustainable economic development.

Measuring Indicators of Community Health and Holistic Well-Being Based on Future Land Use and Transportation Planning Scenarios using Geographic Information Systems

Urban design and transportation investments may have a significant impact on the health and well-being of the people and environments; however, it is often difficult to measure these impacts or predict how long term growth may improve or disrupt a community. This project will begin with a literature review to identify built environment indicators that have been linked to positive population health and holistic well-being outcomes at a community scale.

The Barriers and Opportunities for Private Developers Investing in Affordable Housing

The intent of this internship is to examine the barriers and opportunities policies set for the private sector to invest in affordable housing that is attractive to young adults in St. Catharines, Ontario. The rational behind this research stems from the gap in academic literature on young adults and their experiences with affordable housing. Although there is a wealth of knowledge on housing challenges, very little is known about how these challenges are affecting young adults in a Canadian context.

Regenerative Neighbourhoods Project

The research undertaken through the Regenerative Neighbourhoods Project explores the ways that specific building and infrastructure projects can act as catalysts for transformational change at the neighbourhood scale with respect to sustainability objectives. It encompasses both substantive performance improvements and the changes in the project delivery processes required to achieve them.