Summer 2021 - URB 695 G100

Selected Topics in Urban Studies (4)

Vancouver Ideas Book

Class Number: 4855

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM



This course provides an opportunity for students to study one or more urban studies topics that lie beyond the scope of the other courses. This course will normally provide a more research-intensive experience than other graduate urban studies courses.


This team-taught, urban laboratory-style course will consist of work with instructors and a team of partners and guests in order to create an open access Vancouver Ideas Book for 2021.

The City of Vancouver is currently engaged in a long-term 30-year planning process, an election promise of the mayor and council and also an expectation based upon the City’s last effort with the much celebrated 1996 CityPlan. At the same time, the City has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic and its downstream social, economic and environmental effects, as well as effects on public health. Dramatic rethinking of urban planning concepts including resilience, equity, reconciliation; as well as processes including public engagement, use of data, and scenario-building, and policy and plan integration are called for. Engaging with these demands and opportunities in real time as they unfold, the course will provide a guided and structured opportunity for students to work in teams and individually to reconsider the principles and processes of long-term urban planning and to produce an Ideas Book as a public repository for thinking about the future of their city at this tumultuous time.

Teaching team: TBD


  • Engagement exercise 20%
  • Data and coding memo 20%
  • Section review and synthesis 20%
  • Participation 20%
  • Team and self reflections 20%



Course readings and materials will be made available on Canvas and through the SFU library.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).