This web site features
the outcomes of the UBC Urban Studio, a collaborative effort of the UBC
Landscape Architecture Program, Community and Regional Planning, and Architecture
. The studio is currentlydirected by Professor Patrick Condon.
Urban Studio is a UBC graduate course that uses urban design to
explore emerging issues within the changing physical fabric of the
Greater Vancouver Region and larger Georgia Basin (the trans-border
watershed that includes the southern BC and north Washington coastal
areas). The course integrates
the three design and planning disciplines
of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Planning, and has been
offered since 1993 .
The overarching goals of the UBC Urban Design Studio are
to design for people and their real needs;
use form and structure to make "places;"
understand the various schools of urban design thought and to
experiment with their adaptation to local circumstances;
provide a particular site with evocative visions for a complex
and dynamic urbanism;
to enhance the economic, social, and ecological sustainability
of urban form, and of a selected part of the city in particular.