UBC Graduate Research

Balancing Transportation and the Public Realm : Elevated Skytrain Integration and the Campus Experience Bailey, Sean; Dara, Nidah; Johnson, Emily; Cok, Jose Wong


The University of British Columbia (UBC) has been exploring the possibility of bringing a SkyTrain extension to the Point Grey Campus. As part of the initial analysis, UBC Campus and Community Planning (C+CP) department asked the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) to examine options for and evaluate approaches to accomodating an elevated SkyTrain on the Campus. This report presents the findings of the project performed by a group of second-year Masters of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) students as part of SCARP's Planning Studio. The report identifies station placement and alignment options and design strategies aimed at preserving or enhancing the public realm surrounding the stations and guideways. A values-based evaluation framework was developed and used to highlight challenges and possibilities associated with these options. Design strategies were developed to suggest key features for mitigating negative SkyTrain impacts and help achieve human centred design. The findings section applies the design strategies to two alignment options and evaluates their impact on the Campus experience. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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