USGSA 2017 Photo Contest Now Open

Dear USGSA members,

We are pleased to announce this year’s USGSA Photo Contest. Every year, we hold a contest to showcase some of our student’s urban photography in the Skybridge. Additional frames will be made available this year, meaning more winners will be chosen!

Starting today, you can submit your photos via email to Submissions will run until November to give ample time to collect great captures during your summer travels and fall semester adventures.

A few rules:
Maximum 10 submissions per person
Photos must be your own
Photos can be resubmitted from previous years
Please title photos Lastname_FirstName_CaptionOrLocation
Prizes for top photo!

Now get out there and take some pictures!

Old & New: A Tour of New West Waterfront with Visiting Delegation

In July 2016, the SFU Urban Studies Program was pleased to welcome a delegation of students from the University of Groningen.

The 25 Dutch honours students are part of a multidisciplinary course. Their North American field trip focused on issues of human geography in urban settings. Individually, their programs of study in Groningen range from law and psychology to computer programming, engineering and mechatronics. The trip brought them together to investigate urban issues in Vancouver such as homelessness and ease of mobility for aging citizens. Continue reading “Old & New: A Tour of New West Waterfront with Visiting Delegation”

Aging in a Gentrifying Place: A Tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown

On July 18, 2016, Sophie Fung led a group from SFU’s Urban Studies program on a walking tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The tour allowed Fung to share her observations of some significant changes taking place in Chinatown.


The tour group walked along streets where some of the traditional businesses now stand alongside stores catering to a new type of consumer. Such changes are not atypical in a swiftly-gentrifying Vancouver. However, as in other regions facing the pressures of redevelopment, one has to ask: who do these changes serve? Continue reading “Aging in a Gentrifying Place: A Tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown”