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Event: Re-Imagining Urban Form and Policy in a Global Economy – Abstract submission due


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This is a reminder you have until January 15, 2016 to submit an abstract to this exciting international symposium titled Re-Imagining Urban Form and Policy in a Global Economy – The (Im)possibility of Design to be held in Vancouver, Canada from March  9 -12, 2016.

Organized by the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), the symposium examines the linkages between global capital, urban policy and spatial form in the production of the contemporary city. Relevant questions that this symposium will explore include: Is it possible to combine top-down, highly organized and performance-oriented strategies, with bottom-up more individualized grassroots entrepreneurial approaches? Which of these, or which combination of these, is measurably more sustainable, more politically practical, and more economically astute? How can new forms of governance, urban policy and planning enable the emergence of alternative urban design outcomes? What is the role of design in the imagination and construction of resilient and democratic urban districts?”​

Additional information regarding the symposium and instructions for submitting abstracts is available on

We hope you can participate in this unique event and we request you to circulate this announcement to your colleagues, professionals, public officials, students and staff.