Urban Forestry students win 2 prizes at Vancouver City Studios’ Hubbub event

Students from two classes in Urban Forestry, Forestry, and Landscape Architecture won two prizes for their posters at the City of Vancouver City Studio event on April 1st 2016.  The event, known as ‘Hubbub’, is an interactive project showcase at City Hall that brings together CityStudio students from several universities and courses, to share their projects, findings and recommendations with City staff, peers, and engaged community members.

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Congratulations to all the students students, and their Teaching Assistants (Dinara Yusufzyanova and Emily Rugel) and UBC project reviewers Cindy Cheng, Alicia LaValle, and David Flanders!

Students received awards for their projects in two urban forestry related courses:

  • In UFOR 200 – Urban Forestry and Wellbeing, students were awarded a prize for their project on False Creek Flats envisioning a revitalized urban forest centralized on a ‘re-wilding’ meadow park. The new urban greenspaces in the neighbourhood were designed to improve the health and well-being of local residents and visitors.
  • In FRST 490/551/LARC 542 – Landscape Planning for Sustainability, taught by Stephen Sheppard, 4 groups jointly won 2nd prize at the Hubbub event, for innovative projects on citizen engagement toolkits involving climate change and urban forestry at the neighbourhood block level (with input and data provided by Bill Stephen, City Urban Forester), and future visioning studies with climate change.
    One of these visioning studies, which developed a compelling public educational design for the proposed St. George Rainway project in Vancouver, was  also selected as a finalist in the LEWA competition and won 2nd place in the judging at the BC Society of Landscape Architecture conference on the same day!

About City Studio

LEWA_TeamCity Studio is an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where staff, students and community members work together to design and launch projects on the ground as part of ongoing courses. City Studio has been running for several years, but the new Bachelor of Urban Forestry program presents a unique opportunity for a suite of classes to contribute to City Studio.

This is also the first time the Urban Forestry program has been represented at Hubbub, which is an important networking day for students. This year’s projects generated a lot of interest from the City’s Sustainability Group and the Park Board, and we look forward to possible next steps.