UBC SALA Chronology Student Project

In 2015, the Vancouver City Planning Commission collaborated with UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) to develop a first edition of a chronology of milestones in Vancouver’s planning and development,  looking at key themes such as planning policies, built form, land use, transportation, demographics, and politics and governance.

More than 20 students registered in a special course designed as an introduction to historical research and analysis within the framework of a practical research assignment. In addition to acquiring basic research and data management skills, students had the experience of working with external professionals, and of applying research to the development of an information tool for public use and benefit.

Under the direction of adjunct professor and former Planning Commissioner Marta Farevaag, students engaged in research with primary and secondary sources and had the experience of working with external advisors with distinguished professional experience in their fields. The course provided the opportunity for students to develop an appreciation of the web of events, decisions and interactions that have been significant in shaping that city as a unique urban settlement.

The panel of external advisors included: John Atkin, Ken Cameron, Norm Hotson, Michael Kluckner, Bruce Macdonald, Catherine Sinasac.

The Commission appreciates the assistance of staff at the following City institutions on this initiative: Vancouver Public Library (Special Collections), Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Heritage Commission, Museum of Vancouver.

Course syllabus and bibliography here.