RANKED TOP 10 URBAN DESIGN SCHOOL IN NORTH AMERICA WILL GET STUDENTS OUT
OF THE CLASSROOM AND RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH TOP DEVELOPERS AND DESIGNERS
VANCOUVER, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Amacon, a leading Vancouver development
company, is giving $75,000 to the UBC School of Community and Regional
Planning (SCARP), to help urban design students get out of the classroom and
get "real hands-on" working experience with top city developers and urban
The contribution, in the name of former Vancouver city planner Larry
Beasley, will create the Amacon-Beasley Education Enhancement Fund aimed at
greatly broadening student work experience. SCARP is Canada's oldest and
largest urban planning school and ranks among the top 10 design schools in
North America, attracting students from all over the world including Mexico,
Switzerland, China, Africa and Latin America.
"The future of great planning in this city has to start with education
and early practical hands-on working experience," says Amacon Vice President
of Development Richard Wittstock. "We wanted to donate the money in Larry's
honour as a tribute to him and his excellence in urban planning and it also
underscores our ongoing support and commitment to education." (Beasley, the
former city planner, has won international acclaim for his work in Vancouver.)
Beasley is a distinguished practice professor at SCARP, and its director
Penelope Gurstein said "this contribution will help us attain our goal to
bridge the gap between our students and the business community. We want to
take a more hands-on approach to learning by giving students the opportunity
to work and learn outside the classroom with current issues in city planning.
The goal is to incorporate into the program, not only architectural, but
social, multicultural, and economic aspects of human settlement - in short - a
more holistic vision of planning."
Beasley says classroom learning is important, but nothing can replace the
vital experience one gets from actually working. "The working trades have long
recognized this benefit and it is vital for young urban designers to get the
same experience," he said.
Amacon's latest, innovative $150 million commercial and residential
development in Yaletown also carries the Beasley name. The 33-storey tower in
Yaletown targets urban sustainability while creating much needed residential,
business, and commercial space in the downtown core.
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