Featured Learning Activities
Community engagement is an integral ingredient in planning decision-making. For my final project in my "Communication in the Face of Power" course as a Planning master student, I created a community engagement strategy and poster for a hypothetical project in Vancouver's Chinatown.
Over the last year, I took on a lead role in the writing and research for the updated UBC Bird Friendly Design Guidelines for Buildings. Through research of academic studies and best practice review of municipal guidelines across North America, the update promotes cost-effective and co-beneficial strategies to designers.
In Summer 2019, I had the very enriching opportunity to collaborate on urban design research at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany as a visiting research student. I conducted a study to examine the relationship between soundscapes, urban design, and mental health and produced a research poster to illustrate my findings.
From Fall 2017-2018, I had the very exciting and unique opportunity to participate in writing and researching the new UBC Green Building Action Plan (GBAP) for UBC Campus and Community Planning. The GBAP outlines goals, targets, and actions to advance academic and residential buildings at UBC towards making net positive contributions to human and natural systems by 2035.
Buildings are the main anthropogenic cause of death for birds in cities, with approximately 16 to 42 million deaths in Canada each year, and around 10,000 deaths at UBC. To investigate this issue as a final project in my Advanced Issues in GIS class, I created a model to identify core institutional buildings of high bird collision risk at UBC. The project aims to recommend UBC operational staff where to target bird friendly design retrofits.
In order shed light on the complexity of cultural appropriation, I worked on a group project to present a variety of commonly discussed examples from popular media and daily life as a spectrum. Through the project, we hope to engage people to think beyond "is this appropriation?" to "if this is appropriation, who benefits and who doesn't?"
Winter 2016. A journal of my first steps into GIS and its applications in visualizing census data and environmental risk. I learn the basics of projections, coordinate systems, and data collection.
Winter 2018. I dive deeper into GIS and apply spatial analysis across fields of ecology to crime mapping. I explore least-cost path analysis, multi-objective decision making, statistical methods, and primary data collection.
Spring 2017. An exploration of cartography methods and visual communication of the spaces around us. I make reference maps, thematic maps, and special purpose maps!
Spring 2018. I explore ongoing histories of Asian migration, identity formation, and racial discrimination in North America through videos, interviews, digital art and online research.
Spring 2018. In this course, I become acquainted with prominent urban planning theories such as community consultation, intersectionality, and green cities. I collaborate with the Vancouver Parks Board in a group project to assess environmental education programs in the city.