Breakout Sessions

Morning Panels (11:45 – 12:45)


Imagining 2050: Developing Long-Range Regional Plans in Metro Vancouver

Join us as we discuss the three major regional long-range plans that are currently under development: Metro 2050, Transport 2050, and Climate 2050. Speakers from TransLink, Metro Vancouver Regional Planning, and Metro Vancouver Air Quality and Climate Change will discuss how these plans will help shape the region’s response to emerging challenges including climate change, growing inequality, and new technology.

Imagining Global Resilience: Exploring Local and International Perspectives 

Join us as we explore innovative systems thinking in this panel. Featuring the perspectives of food resilience and security, equity in long-range Vancouver planning, and more, we are excited to explore similarities across diverse systems as we plan for a climate-impacted future. 

Imagining Possible FUTURES: Vision-Led Planning for an Uncertain World

Explore real-world case studies in this hands-on workshop and discover new ways the changing environment is influencing the transportation sector using a framework called FUTURES (Future Uncertainty Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to an Evolving Society). Note: Limited Space Available

CMHC Solutions for Inclusive Housing


Afternoon Panels (2:15 – 3:15)


Imagining Smart(er) Cities: The Intersection of Technology and Sustainability

This panel will discuss how smart cities are equipped to respond to the climate crisis, accessibility and equity challenges. Are smart cities truly for all? Have cities always been smart? As we adapt to today’s technologies and issues, how can we ensure that cities continue to be smart and are flexible enough to deal with the challenges of tomorrow? These questions will be explored further during this panel.

Musqueam Walking Tour 

Imagining Decolonial Futures through Fictional World Building

Workshop participants will be guided through a World Building exercise to imagine a decolonised world. Topics will include potlatch economy, decolonised food, interactions with technology, and a world based on Indigenous laws and ways of knowing. Note: Limited Space Available 

Imagining a Climate-Focused City: City of Vancouver Climate Emergency Engagement Practices 

Participants will work through bold climate actions using a newly developed engagement tool called “dialogue kits”. These kits will enable participants to learn about the necessary actions for reaching climate targets while testing and prioritizing these actions in real-time. 

Imagining Equity into Reality: The Role of Intersectional Planning in Meaningful Community Engagement

This interactive activity invites participants to plan through real-life, intersectional planning scenarios. It also includes a reflection period to debrief participants’ learning experiences and a closing. Facilitators will have a wide diversity of positionality and planning experience. Key takeaways will include the importance of intersectional planning in order to work meaningfully with communities (because all communities hold multiple, nuanced, and intersecting identities); and the ability to think through complex planning situations to find tangible, inclusive, and systems-based solutions. 




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CMHC Presents: Reshaping Neighbourhoods Through Redevelopments

While large-scale redevelopments in urban centres offer tremendous opportunities that address current needs via infill that weaves into the existing urban fabric, there are complexities with such redevelopments. These complexities range from balancing competing visions to ensuring minimal disruption for existing residents. This panel will explore high profile redevelopments that look to reshape and renegotiate their respective neighbourhoods.

Getting Lost: Exploring Narratives of Childhood Spaces

In 2004, the mayor of Bogota famously stated that children are an ‘indicator species’ of how we perceive and engage with our cities. In particular, walking to school is linked to parents' and children's trust, fears and lifelong health. As designers, sharing stories about the spaces we valued as children can inform our approach to designing for future generations. Join us as we explore design and narrative through interactive drawing activities.

(Mis)representation: Revealing the Hidden in Urban Visuals

City representations are everywhere. From maps to models, we are bombarded with representational information. Far from neutral entities, representations harbour social and cultural biases, governing how we understand and interpret the world around us. This, in turn, affects how we think about and plan the built environment.

As one of the foundations of urban planning, representations inform decision-making at all levels. But what, and whose, story do they tell? What, and who, do they represent? Too often they describe singular, over-simplified narratives to complex issues—misrepresenting our contemporary understanding of the world. This session will look critically at different urban representations: attempting to uncover their biases and describe their implications on urban planning thought.

Making Space for Music

Live music contributes to the creative vibrancy and cultural identity of the city. Yet, as the City of Vancouver continues to face development pressures and affordability concerns, music venues are often displaced, altered or shut down. This panel hopes to explore the past trends of Vancouver’s music venues; the expanding role that planners play in making space for music; how the music community is keeping the tunes alive; and what the future of securing space for music in Vancouver may look like.

Moving in the Right Direction: Equity and Diversity in Transit

Traditionally, transit systems have been designed by and for a narrow subset of the population. In this interactive session, we will strive to understand how gaps in infrastructure and service, a lack of diversity in industry and decision-making, and safety concerns can be addressed through inclusive planning and engineering.

All Our Father’s Relations: A Multicultural Storytelling of Chinese-Musqueam Connections

All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈)” is a multicultural story-telling of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Indigenous peoples today and in the past. A circle discussion with Elder Larry Grant, the film producer and a Chinatown city planner on the power of storytelling in planning for under-represented communities will follow. It will provide space for participants to learn, unlearn and relearn planning through storytelling and conversations with others. See more at:

Planning with a Creative Lens: Exploring the Relationship Between Film and Planning

Grounded in the definition of planning as an act of storytelling, this breakout session will explore the relationship between film and planning. We will screen a series of short planning-related films. After the screening we will explore with our panelists the role of film in not only documenting stories about our relationship to each other and place, but also as tool in the community planning process itself.

Who is Public Space For?: Unsettling Uncomfortable Conceptions of Who Can Participate in Public Space

Public spaces are ostensibly “for everyone,” but does everyone feel welcome in public spaces? This panel discussion will highlight that even in Vancouver everyone experiences public spaces differently. This breakout session offers a thoughtful discussion on how racialized community members, low-income community members, and other residents and visitors perceived as “not from the community”  experience implicit and explicit challenges to their rights in public space.

Walking Through Universal Accessibility

Join UBC Campus and Community Planning for a walking tour of campus that highlights universal accessibility. As planners, and those in planning-adjacent careers, we strive to make our spaces accessible for all bodies. This walking tour is an opportunity to learn more about planning for accessibility and opening up our spaces.

2019 SCARP Symposium Breakout Session Proposals
Please fill out this form and submit to by January 18th, 2019

This year’s symposium theme is [Re]present: Sharing Stories and Spaces Through Planning.

[Re]present is about coming together to reflect on our history, re-examine the ways in which we engage in planning practice, and redefine our future. It is about the power of stories and narratives in shaping how we interact with each other and the built environment - as well as about making room for all voices, bodies, and perspectives in our communities. Join us at the 11th annual SCARP Symposium to explore how stories shape our spaces and how our spaces shape our stories. Come prepared to renegotiate what planning is and what it can be.

[Re]present will be hosted on March 1, 2019 in The Nest at UBC Campus, which is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam People. Submissions from all backgrounds are welcome and, for now, only need be a proposal. Upon being accepted, our Session Support team will work with you to finalize speakers, details, and logistics.

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Breakout Session Proposals 2019