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Array Committee to Screen Urban Projects
University of B.C. President Walter H. Gage has
appointed a committee to receive submissions from
the University community or; innovative urban
demonstration projects.
The projects will be considered as possible
Canadian showcase projects for Habitat, the United
Nations Conference on Human Settlements, to be
held May 31 to June 11, 1976.
The committee is to review submissions and advise
the President arid UBC's Board of Govenors on which
projects should be submitted for possible funding
under the federal government's Canadian Urban
Demonstration Program.
Ottawa is setting aside $100 million to be made
available between April 1, 1975, and March 31, 1980,
to fund innovative projects through the Ministry of
State for Urban Affairs.
= The =demonstratiarj,.^program aims at identifying
and highlighting the best of new ideas Canadians have
for improving their communities. Projects could
attempt to solve urban problems in a number of
areas, including transportation, residential or commercial construction, social services, public utilities
and many others.
Chairman of the President's committee is Prof. H.
Peter Oberlander, of UBC's School of Community
and Regional Planning.
Other members are Dr. Gerald R. Brown, assistant
professor in the Department of Civil Engineering; Dr.
George Szasz, associate professor in the Department
of Health Care and Epidemiology and director of the
Division of Interprofessional Education in the Health
Sciences; Prof. Wolfgang Gerson, acting director of
the School, of Architecture; Prof. Hugh Wynne-
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Board Proposal Rejected
A committee of UBC's Board of Governors and
Senate will probably be formed to work out a
mutually agreeable proposal for setting up advisory
committees for choosing new deans.
A motion to establish a joint Board-Senate
committee was approved at the Nov. 13 meeting of
Senate, which rejected a proposal from the Board for
the composition of advisory committees for selecting
deans.
After a lengthy debate. Senate decided to accept
the composition submitted by the Board, but only
for the advisory committee to select a new dean of
the Faculty of Arts to succeed Dr. D.T. Kenny, who
will succeed Walter H. Gage as President on July 1,
1975.
An amendment approved by Senate and moved by
Awards Open
Applications have been invited for two of Canada's
top awards for graduate study — the Mackenzie King
Travelling Scholarships and the Mackenzie King Open
Scholarship.
Details on the conditions of the awards and
method of application are now available in pamphlet
form from UBC's Awards Office, Room 207,
Buchanan Building. Deadline for applications for the
Mackenzie King awards is Feb. 15, 1975.
It is expected that four or five travelling
scholarships, valued at not less than $3,000 each, will
be available in the fall of 1975.
The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship, a one-year,
$3,000 award, is open to a graduate of any Canadian
university. The award may be used for full-time
post-graduate studies in Canada or elsewhere in any
field.
11 mm i" 1974. Published by the Univer-
■ IIjbII s'tv of British Columbia and
^arammw distributed free. UBC Reports
REPORTS appears on Wednesdays during
the University's Winter Session. J.A. Banham,
Editor. Louise Hoskin and Jean Rands,
Production Supervisors. Letters to the Editor
should be sent to Information Services, Main
Mall North Administration Building, UBC,
2075 Wesbrook Place, Vancouver, B.C. V6T
1W5.
Mr. B.B, Trevino, a Convocation member of Senate
who is also a member of the Board of Governors, will
result in a committee of Senate and the Board
meeting to Work out a new formula for the
composition of future advisory committees.
According to the formula put forward by the
Board, advisory committees for selecting deans would
have 10 members — four members elected by the
Faculty concerned, four appointed by the President,
and two students elected from student representatives
on the Faculty concerned.
The Board formula proposed that the secretary of
the advisory committee be chosen by the committee
from its members and its chairman appointed by the
President from committee members.
The advisory committee would consider candidates for the deanship and advise the President on the
committee's choices so that the President "may make
an appropriate recommendation to the Board of
Governors," according to the Board's proposal,
approved at its Nov. 5 meeting.
The joint Board-Senate committee was asked to
report by April 1.
The proposals from the Board to Senate for
establishing advisory committees for choosing deans
stem from the passage of the new Universities Act.
The new Act specifies that the Board has the power
"with the approval of Senate, to establish procedures
for the recommendation and selection of candidates
for president, deans, librarians, registrar, and other
senior administrators as the Board may designate."
Dean Plans
Mass Meeting
Dr. Margaret Fulton, UBC's Dean of Women, has
called a mass meeting of all women — students,
faculty, faculty wives and off-campus women — to
discuss plans for the United Nations-sponsored
International Women's Year in 1975. The meeting
will take place on Thursday, Nov, 28, at 12:30 p.m.
in the Penthouse on the fourth floor of the Buchanan
Building.
Dean Fulton asks that women attending the
meeting come with positive ideas for workshops,
seminars, cultural events and lectures so that the
widest possible spectrum of events can be considered.
Women are invited to bring their lunch. Free
coffee will be served.
Sciences; Prof. Roy L. Taylor, director of UBC's
Botanical Gardens and professor in the Departments
of Botany and Plant Science; and Dr. Gordon A.
Walter, assistant professor in the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration. President
Gage said he expected Prof. Oberlander's committee
to be the focal point for all UBC activities related to
the Urban Demonstration Program. All submissions
should be sent directly to the committee.
Prof. Oberlander was Secretary to the Ministry of
State for Urban Affairs from 1971 to 1973 while on
leave of absence from UBC. He played a significant
role in the preparations for the United Nations
Conference on the Environment in Stockholm in
1972 and was instrumental in having Habitat
scheduled for Vancouver in 1976. The working
sessions of the conference are expected to be held at
UBC.
Prof. Oberlander, who is also a member of the
national advisory committee which will screen all
suumrssforis—to the Canadian Urban Demonstration
Program on behalf of the Ministry of State for Urban
Affairs, said that up to three projects for Htcnigy at
Habitat will be chosen from among early submissions
for funding under the program.
"Projects—to -be considered -as—part of Canada's
showcase to the UN conference will have to be
submitted to the UBC committee early," Prof.
Oberlander said. "We would like to forward projects
from the University by Dec. 31, 1974."
He said projects submitted must be practical and
aim at solving common problems. Projects which are
research studies will not qualify. Projects should
represent development rather than research.
He outlined a number of criteria that a submission
must meefT~ "First of all, the project must be
innovative. It must not repeat something already in
use," he said. "Innovation shouldn't necessarily be
limited to the materials used in the project or how
they are physically arranged. New management or
organization techniques could be innovative areas.
"Experience from suggested demonstration projects should be transferable to other Canadian areas.
It shouldn't be a solution to a unique problem but
rather an innovation which can be applied to other
areas of Canada.
"A project should also have a responsible sponsor
so that we have some assurance that it will be
followed through, We don't want to be presented
with an idea and nothing else.
"Each submission should include a clear statement
of the purpose of the project, what is "being
demonstrated, and each should have a detailed
budget."
If possible. Prof. Oberlander said, a project should
, present a comprehensive solution to a comprehensively perceived problem. A project shouldn't concentrate on one aspect of a problem while ignoring the
problem as a whole, or the effect of the solution of
one aspect on the problem as a whole.
Anyone interested in further information should
contact Peter Thompson, executive secretary to the
committee, at UBC's Department of Information
Services, 228-3131.
ELECTIONS
Continued from Page One
employees whose salaries are under the jurisdiction of
the director of personnel, and non-faculty
administrative staff who hold Board appointments,
providing the terms of their appointments imply
continuing employment at the University.
Ballots for the employed-staff election will be
distributed at the end of this week, an official in the
Registrar's office told UBC Reports. Election date, or
the last day for the receipt of completed ballots, is
Dec. 10.
Registrar J.E.A. Parnall, who is responsible under
the new Act for conducting all elections to the Board
and Senate, has also issued an official election notice
and called for nominations for four members of
Senate to be elected by Convocation and for the post
of Chancellor, who will be a member of both the
Senate and the Board of Governors.
The closing date for nominations for Chancellor
and the four Convocation members of Senate is Dec.
2. Voting will be by mail ballot and election day has
been designated as Feb. 18, 1975.
The results of the election will be reported to
Senate at its meeting on Feb. 19, 1975.
Nominations for Chancellor must be signed by not
less than seven persons entitled to vote in the
election. Nominations for.Convocation Senators must
be signed by not less than three persons entitled to
vote in the election.
Southeast corner of the Main Mall and University Boulevard will take
on a new look when the new north wing to the Biological Sciences
Building is complete. New wing, seen at left in architect's sketch below,
will be connected to the existing west wing at right by a covered
walkway. Wing will cost almost $6 million. For details, see story on
Page Four.
UBC ELECTION MACHINERY HUMMING
Election machinery is humming on the UBC
campus.
UBC faculty members, students and employed
staff have nominated a total of 35 persons for five
positions on the reconstituted Board of Governors
provided for under the new Universities Act.
Under the terms of the new Act, which came into
force early in July, UBC's Board of Governors will be
expanded from 11 to 15 members.
The Act provides for the election bf two faculty
members, two students and a member of the
employed staff. Other Board members will be eight
persons appointed by the provincial government, the
President, and the Chancellor, who is elected by
Convocation.
A total of ten faculty members were nominated
for two Board positions. They are:
• Cyril S. Belshaw, professor in the Department
of Anthropology and Sociology;
• Stuart D. Cavers, professor in the Department
of Chemical Engineering;
• Cyril V. Finnegan, professor in the Department
of Zoology and associate dean of the Faculty of
Science;
• William C. Gibson, professor and head of the
Department of the History of Medicine and Science
in the Faculty of Medicine;
• Charles A. McDowell, professor and head of the
Department of Chemistry;
• A. Milton Moore, professor in the Department
of Economics;
• Mark W. Rose, assistant professor in the Faculty
of Education;
• Gideon Rosenbluth, professor in the Department of Economics;
• William A. Webber, professor in the Department
of Anatomy and associate dean in the Faculty of
Medicine; and
• Hugh Wynne-Edwards, professor and head of
the Department of Geological Sciences.
The two faculty members elected will serve for a
term of three years.
Ballots for the election of faculty members are
now in the hands of faculty members entitled to vote.
Election date, or the last day for the receipt of
completed ballots, is Nov. 29.
A total of nine students have been nominated for
two Board positions. They are:
• Jeanette A. Auger, fourth-year Arts;
• David A. Coulson, third-year Commerce;
• Murray Currie-Johnson, a Master of Science
student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies;
• John S. Gojevic, first-year Arts;
• Douglas M. King, fourth-year Arts;
• Thomas R. Manson, third-year Education;
• Richard Murray, third-year Applied Science;
• Svend Robinson, second-year Law; and
• John    A.C.    Swainson,    second-year   Applied
Science.
The two students elected will serve one-year terms
on the Board.
Students  will   elect  their   representatives  to  the
BIG A/IAN with a big load tells friend there are
more bargains up thataway in UBC Bookstore's current clearance sale in Brock Hall.
Clearance continues until Noy. 30.
Board on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. Polling stations will be set
up in six major campus buildings and will be open
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Polling stations will be located in the Student
Union Building, the Buchanan Building, the Woodward and Sedgewick Libraries, the H.R. MacMillan
Building, and the Neville V. Scarfe (Education)
Building.
Eligible to vote in the student elections are
undergraduates taking at least 12 units (or the
equivalent) of courses; all doctoral students, and all
other graduate students taking at least six units.
Eligible students will be required to produce an
Alma Mater Society card for the current Winter
Session before they vote.
A total of 16 members of UBC's employed staff
have been nominated for one position on the Board.
They are;
• Ken Andrews, electrician. Department of
Physical Plant;
• Elizabeth J. Black, reference Librarian,
Sedgewick Library;
• Stephen W. Borden, computer analyst. Institute
of Animal Resource Ecology;
• Barbara A. Clough, student advisor. Housing
Administration;
• W. John Coulthard, senior analyst. Computing
Centre;
• Jane C. Fredeman, editor, UBC Press;
• Paramjit (Pam) K. Gill, electron microscope
technician. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences;
• Dora C. Hart, academic planning assistant.
Office of Academic Planning;
• Martin H. Kafer, senior electrical engineer,
Department of Physical Plant;
• William J. Morrison, . senior technician.
Department of Physics;
• Sheila Neville, library assistant. Circulation
Division, Main Library;
• Colin Parkinson,^technician. Department of
Zoology;
• Sidney C. Potter, assistant purchasing agent,
Purchasing department;
• D. Kaye Rumsey, senior personnel assistant.
Personnel department; -
• Joyce E. Searcy, assistant to the Dean of
Women, Dean of Women's office; and
• Laszlo J. Veto, senior electron miscroscope
technician. Departments of Botany and Zoology.
The member of the employed staff elected will
serve a three-year term on the Board.
Eligible to vote in the employed-staff election are
Please turn to Page Four
See ELECTIONS EVERYONE
HAS A STAKE
IN PLANNING
Master Plan for development of the UBC
campus was described at a Nov. 7 meeting by
Mr. Jordan Kamburoff, head of the Planning
Division of the UBC Department of Physical
Plant. What follows are excerpts from Mr.
Kamburoffs talk, which opened the meeting.
The purpose and policy of a university are reflected
most clearly in its image. The present UBC image shows,
by spasmodic growth, the need for expediency rather
than planning. The grid plan shows the independence of
each Faculty and the obvious expansion as time becomes
opportune. This form of individuality is again reflected
in the buildings erected, for each is a monument to itself
and never gains the position of being part of a complete
program of learning.
UBC has always been concerned with linear
development, and starting at the flag pole (at the north
end of the Main Mall) it has some courage. By the time
University Boulevard is reached the courage is flagging,
and when Agronomy Road comes into view the
excitement has stopped.
The University, although wrongly located within
Greater Vancouver, has a very beautiful site. This in
itself is a virtue. If a university is to act as a leader, it
must, without any doubt, lead not only in the quality of
its teaching but also in the excellence of its environment.
This is the challenge. But this is a matter of policy to be
proclaimed prior to the process of planning; the planner
is the agent, not the innovator,
(Mr. Kamburoff has asked the editor of UBC Reports
to indicate that he is indebted to Prof. Henry Elder,
former head of UBC's School of Architecture, for the
ideas contained in the three paragraphs above.)
Since planning is a University-wide function, and
since everybody, for better or for worse, is engaged in it,
planning needs to be understood and undertaken on a
generally University-wide basis. This means, in my
opinion, that far more members of the academic
community than is now the case should know something
about the principal techniques and problems of
planning. I think, for example, the University society
could make a major contribution by organizing a session
deliberately designed for non-planners or for
anti-planners. Planners should also be far more deeply
involved with the entire University community than
they sometimes want to be.
The UBC Master Plan is a product of the firm of
Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, architects and planners
of San Francisco, who worked in collaboration with
Lawrence Halprin and Associates, landscape architects,
also of San Francisco, and John Graham Consultants of
Seattle, as well as the UBC Planning Office.
APPROVED IN 1968
This document was approved by the Board of
Governors on June 16, 1967. It was received in its
official form in April, 1968, and is therefore known as
the 1968 Master Plan.
The planning consultants and the University
developed a number of objectives to be recognized.
1. To enable students, faculty and staff to move
between buildings in a reasonable period — in a beautiful
environment.
2. To direct future campus development to avoid
conflicting and inappropriate land use.
3. To guide the campus development toward
achieving a sense of unity and focus.
4. To pattern vehicle and pedestrian movement to the
maximum convenience and delight of each.
5. To preserve the spectacular natural qualities and
outlooks of the site.
The Master Plan is a series of simple guidelines and
policy statements. It is primarily for the use of designers
and planners, architects, engineers, and, of course, the
University Administration. It is, therefore, not a by-law
or an act. It is flexible, never finished and never
completed, constantly under review and change.
It is not perfect. However, I know of no occasion
during   the   past   eight   years   on   which   anyone   has
succeeded or even attempted to prove that the Master
Plan is a useless document.
The UBC campus covers a total of 991.61 acres. This
land is used as follows: 717 acres are landscaping, forests
or lawns; 51 acres are used for pathways or walks; 79
acres are used for roads and lanes; 75.30 acres are used
for parking; and 68.82 acres are built on. Of the total
landscaped area - 717 acres - 120 acres are the
responsibility of the UBC Botanical Garden. Roads and
parking lots together amount to almost 155 acres, or 15
per cent of our land.
To enable students and staff to move between
buildings in a reasonable period, a defined and
concentrated "academic core" has been established — a
core contained within a half-mile radius. This core area
of high pedestrian density must exclude all non-essential
vehicular traffic for reasons of efficiency, safety, and
delight.
The plan zones by function. Functional categories
include housing; recreation and sports; facilities such as
; administration buildings and student-oriented facilities;
and academic areas such as health sciences, applied
sciences, fine arts and, of course, arts, commerce,
science, etc. The south campus (south of 16th Ave.) is
reserved for research (B.C. Research, TRIUMF),
academic field research, (animal science, animal care,
forestry and botany) and Physical Plant (nursery). In
allocating space, consideration is given to the natural
clustering process which has developed over the years,
functional inter-relationships, student and faculty
interaction, the possibility of expansion, traffic generation, utility requirements, topography and ecology. (See
map at right.)
WALKING CAMPUS
To preserve a compact walking campus if a policy of
growth is continued, increased density is inevitable.
There will be more persons per acre and consequent
pressure to cover more land with buildings. To keep
open spaces it follows that only rarely can we enjoy the
luxury of low and widely spread construction. The
potentials of the vertical, down as well as up, must be
explored and exploited.
The utmost care must be devoted, of course, to the
design and location of medium and high-rise structures
in relation to both adjacent buildings and open space.
The total campus design will be a continuing concern.
Respect for the old buildings surrounding the Main
Library suggests that, unlike city centres where the
tallest buildings rise at the centre, the UBC profile
should be low in the centre and rise at the edges,
framing, yet not competing with, those buildings
designated as having the most historic and architectural
significance.
To meet the need for centrally located facilities, the
potential for underground construction, where rock
formation, soil conditions, and drainage permit, should
be fully explored. Several areas of the campus offer
opportunities for the capture of useful square feet.
Sensitively designed, such construction need not detract
from, but in fact can enhance, the environmental quality
of the central area. Herein may lie the key to the
preservation of compactness and convenient walking
distances.
Despite the centrifugal forces generated by a growing
institution, UBC clings to the concept of the campus as a
pedestrian enclave. This looks toward the reduction of
vehicular traffic in the central part of the campus and
the further development of pedestrian walks and malls.
Compatible with the requirements of safety and of
servicing buildings, the system of circumferential roads
and peripheral parking facilities should be improved.
Looking to the future, adoption of new modes of people
transportation is quite possible, and may supplement the
present intra-campus, two-bus shuttle system.
The plan provides for a primary circulation ring
composed of Wesbrook Crescent, 16th Ave., and Marine
Drive.
In the last six years the University's traffic pattern
has shifted markedly from the north to the south. Six
years ago, 8,500 vehicles entered UBC via University
Boulevard and 555 entered at 16th Ave. Today, 7,000
enter via University Boulevard and almost 3,000 enter
via 16th Ave. All intersections north of 16th Ave. have
reduced traffic flow while flow on 16th Ave. and
Southwest Marine Drive has increased by many hundreds
per cent.
The section of Northwest Marine Drive between
Chancellor Boulevard and the West Mall should become
the major entrance to the campus at the northern end.
The symbolic stone entrance gates now located on
Crescent Road could be duplicated and both sides of
Northwest Marine Drive extensively landscaped as a kind
of front yard to the campus. A facility to provide
information and direction to visitors may be located in
the vicinity of the intersection of Northwest Marine
Drive and the West Mall.
With    the   development   of    16th   Ave.    and    the
UBC's 1968 Master Plan is founded on a
zoning scheme, depicted in map above, which
ncludes an academic core virtually free of vehicular
traffic; areas for student housing, physical education, and the
health sciences; and an extensive South Campus research area.
improvement of Southwest Marine Drive, a greater-
percentage of the traffic may approach the campus on
these routes, because of their better relationship to the
centre of metropolitan Vancouver. All vehicles
approaching the campus will use the primary ring to
arrive at a campus entrance closest to their destination.''
Parking is perhaps the most serious problem facing
the UBC campus. It is an accepted position, in planning
and architectural circles, to look upon large parking lots
filled with cars as blighted landscape. This is a view
which implies that we prefer acres of trees and grass to
acres of glossy automobiles.
The University must decide soon whether it wants to
provide space for every car that comes to this campus or'
whether it wants to limit the number of cars coming to,
the campus.  This is a difficult problem and there are
many options open.
PARKING AREAS
The Master Plan provides access to five major parking
areas: A lot, with a capacity of 1,400 cars; B lot, with a
capacity of more than 3,000 cars; C lot with a capacity
of 1,260 cars; the Student Union Building lot, with a
capacity of more than 500 cars; and the Fraser River lot,,
with a capacity of some 400 cars. At this moment the
UBC Traffic Office controls some 8,500 parking spaces"
on  campus. When all the temporary parking lots are
phased out because of new construction or other land
use, there will be 7,500 spaces, 1,000 spaces less than we
have now -and some 5,000 spaces short of what will be
needed   if  the   University  develops  to  the  maximum -
expected enrolment of 27,500 students.
The solution from a planning viewpoint is obvious —
build parking structures. Parking structures have been
considered, and feasibility studies made, for the Fraser
River lot, the SUB lot and C lot. However, one should
keep in mind that the price today for one parking stall
on grade (asphalt) is $900, including access roads, lights
and landscaping.
The cost of providing a single parking stall in a
parking structure is very much higher. Royal Columbian
Hospital in New Westminster, for instance, recently
considered a 350-space parking structure for
$1,250,000, or $3,571.43 per stall. A 450-stall parking
structure at Lion's Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is
to cost $1,900,000, or $4,222.22 a stall.
If parking structures are not the answer, what is? It
may lie in a better inter-campus transit system. UBC is
studying the feasibility of such a system involving a
vehicle that would travel round the perimeter of the
campus. The problem is that at this time an appropriate
vehicle is not available. One must consider capital costs,
operating costs, flexibility for rerouting and special
events, etc.
The capital outlay cost of about $500,000 needs to
"" '"be compared with parkade costs. The capital cost for the
■   envisioned intra-campus transit system will be about that
of approximately 150 parkade spaces. The benefits of
the intra-campus transit system will be much greater.
The plan recognizes the need for controlled access to
* "-the academic core for service, emergency, and the special
needs of the handicapped. Adjoining,each building or
complex,   provision   has  been  made for small parking
k~""" 'areas screened from pedestrian view and movement.
Controlled access points are placed at the edge of the
core to assure direct access and minimal vehicle
movement within the core.
The plan calls for four terminals for public transit
.^. ^vehicles, each placed as close to the academic core as
possible for maximum convenience to passengers. Only
two terminals, at University Boulevard and East Mall and
University Boulevard and West Mall, have been
developed so far. The present bus loop at University
Boulevard and East Mall is to be converted to handle
charter buses only, while a new trolley bus loop is to be
"""""constructed in the vicinity of the Empire Pool parking
.--.v -tot. The electrification of the University Boulevard (or
10th Ave.) bus line will enable continued service from
Willingdon and Lougheed Highway in Burnaby to the
bus loop at East Mall and University Boulevard. The
scale of the University Boulevard and East Mall bus loop
^L-also reflects its significance as a visitors' gateway to the
.<^_campus.
The UBC campus is a physical setting of landscaped
grounds,    buildings   and   circulation   networks   which
together create an environment affecting all who visit,
teach, study, work, and play within it. The quality of
„   the environment is vital to the primary purpose of the
'"^-"University and its excellence is a central concern of all
/-^-Who share responsibility for its development.
QUESTIONS AND
ANSWERS
At the conclusion of his presentation on the
Master Plan, Mr. Kamburoff answered questions
from the audience. What follows is a selection of
Y*-~the questions and answers
-~~ Q: As a planner, you would agree that it is important
to have a variety of architectural styles at the University.
Why, then, was the old Dairy Barn (at the corner of the
Main Mall and Agronomy Road) torn down?
A: The plans for B parking lot have always
incorporated the site of the Dairy Barn as a part of that
area. The site immediately east of that has been
designated as a park. The difficulty of establishing
permanent facilities on B lot is that buildings for animal
science, animal  care and  poultry science still exist on
that site, although they have been allocated land south
of 16th Ave. There is no schedule for them moving out
of this area, with the exception of the Dairy Barn, which
has been replaced on the south campus and is now in
operation. The decision to tear down the old Dairy Barn
was made because it falls within the terms of the Master
Plan and because of the Barn's deteriorated condition.
The Department of Physical Plant has recommended
the demolition of all buildings in the vicinity of B
parking lot and their relocation to the south in order to
develop B lot permanently and to get rid of the
temporary parking lots north of 10th Ave.
Q: Is there really a parking problem at UBC? Even at
peak parking times the south end of B lot is virtually
empty.
A: I agree that there are vacancies at the south end of
B lot. This is because cars are now parking on Northwest
Marine Drive, which is closer to the academic core.
There remains a great demand for parking. The problem
is a complex one when you remember that some 83 per
cent of UBC's student population comes to the campus
by car. The majority of the campus population fives
more than 60 minutes travel time away from their place
of work.
Now, there are a number of things the University
could do; parking fees could be increased to discourage
people bringing their cars, bonuses could be offered to
those who bring passengers; or parking structures could
be built. If parking structures were built, should they be
subsidized or should users be charged $2.00 a day?
Parking structures are easy to build, but if they're not
patronized they can't be used for anything else.
Q: The present system for involving people in campus
planning doesn't seem to work very well. Perhaps if it
was passed on to a group representative of campus users
— students, faculty and staff - and they were given the
responsibility of publicizing the issues and what
decisions have to be made, it would perhaps save your
office some work, t don't think the problem lies at the
level of your office at alt.
A: Your suggestion is helpful and is part of the
purpose of this meeting. We would like to hold meetings
such as this once or twice a year and get some
interaction between the planning office and the campus
community. However, this meeting, which is one of
three this year, has a disappointingly low attendance.
Q: From whom do you get your policy directives?
A: The Master Plan serves as guideline and various
committees are concerned with specific aspects of
campus planning. For example, there is a traffic and
parking committee. There are various committees of
assistance in planning, for instance, a President's
Committee on Siting of Permanent Academic Buildings,
and a great deal of help is provided by the Office of
Academic Planning. Lately, there has been assistance
from Dr. Robert Collier, of the School of Community
and Regional Planning, and Dr. Roy Taylor, who is the
head of (he Botanical Garden. So there is a great deal of
communication between various groups on the campus
concerned with planning. The Planning Division of the
Physical Plant department makes recommendations
which are forwarded to the Board of Governors through
the President's office. Often we will be asked to carry
out further research.
Q: ts any consideration given to planning for bicycles
on the campus?
A: Bicycles are allowed on the campus without
restriction. The major problem is not on the campus but
getting to the campus. Bicycle paths have been built
through the Endowment Lands, which the University
doesn't control, on University and Chancellor
Boulevards. We have proposed a bi»ycle path along
Marine Drive right around the campus. We are also trying
to improve bicycle parking facilities on the campus.
Q: At some eastern universities, buildings are
connected by underground tunnels because of snow. 1$ it
sensible to think in terms of covered walkways for UBC?
A: Yes, it is. Covered walkways could be developed as
part of the inter-campus transit system. A covered
walkway system could be developed from the East and
West Malls to the Main Mall. Covered walkways are not
inexpensive and they can't be financed out of capital
projects. But we're keeping them in mind.
O: Why is it necessary to straighten Agronomy Road
at the point where it curved around the north side of the
old Dairy Barn? It costs money that might be used for
bicycle parking facilities. Also, UBC is not Regina,
Saskatchewan, which has a perfectly square grid. I think
curved roads are perfectly acceptable in B.C.
A: The road was curved originally to get round the
Dairy Barn and part of the answer is symmetry, and
particularly safe traffic flow. There is also an academic
reason. When the road is straightened there will be an
area available for temporary facilities. This is a site
which can be utilized for placement of temporary
buildings. We have had to erect a number of these
buildings in recent years. In addition, the road being
straightened becomes part of a long-range plan to create
a loop road around B lot.
Q: What is the next step in determining the
University's traffic and parking requirements? Where is
the initiative going to come from, the Traffic and
Parking Committee or the President's office?
A: First, there was a decision made some time ago to
construct temporary parking lots. These lots disappear
for various reasons. The lot beside the Biological
Sciences Building wilt disappear this year because of
construction of the new north wing for that building.
The Empire Pool parking lot will disappear next year to
create a trolley-bus terminus. So eventually more and
more cars will be squeezed into the permanent lots on
the campus Master Plan, There'll be nothing else.
There will be a great shortage of parking space on the
campus in a few years. There is some shortage already.
It's very difficult now to find space at the north end of
the campus.
2/UBC Reports/Nov. 20, 1974
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