Greetings Urbsters,

We had a great Soundwalk. Special thanks to Jorma and Leona for guiding us on the tour and to the Geography Department, some of whom joined us for the event.

Just some of those who attended.

It was a fascinating talk where we looked at how some spaces can encourage or discouraged users through sound. We also looked at how silence can be calming or ‘deafening’ based on how the space was constructed.

Continue reading “Soundwalk”


CBC Tour

Greetings Urban Studies Students,

The USGSA is coordinating a tour of the CBC and a special discussion with Johnny Michel – the Senior Managing Director for BC and Alberta.

This is an opportunity to explore several issues related to legacy media, their urban dimensions, and the challenges facing Canadian media corporations today.

The current state of both public and private journalism in this country is precarious. Legacy media (newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, radio) is suffering from a severe fragmentation of interests and loss of advertising. Many newspapers have either drastically reduced their print editions, reduced coverage of arts or rural regions, ceased print altogether and gone digital, or entirely gone under. What does this mean for the future of Canadian media and journalism? What does this mean for the number of arts and culture institutions in cities which work with the CBC or other media providers?

There are only a limited number of available spots, so please email

Location: CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton St

Date: November 2nd

Time: 10:45am – 12:45pm

Contact: Please RSVP by emailing


Thank you CBC for the wonderful tour and to Public Policy for joining us.




Urban Studies Soundwalk

Greetings Urban Studies Students,

The USGSA is pleased to announce that we have organized a Soundwalk. The tour will be run by Jorma Kujala and Leona Noche through the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective.

“A Soundwalk is a silent walk along a planned route to experience a location’s ambiance and underlying rhythms. All too often the sounds of the environment pass by unnoticed because of our uncanny ability to shut them out. A Soundwalk invites you to actively listen, opening ears and consciousness to the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times. It is a musical-sonic adventure that reveals the banal to be extraordinary!”

We have also invited students from Geography, Public Policy, and Gerontology. This will also be a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in other departments and to connect with other students.

Come join and learn more about the city through the world of sound.

Location: Harbour Center entrance in front of the Library. We will be doing a tour of the Vancouver Downtown.

Date: October 22nd

Time: 11am – 1pm

Contact: Although you can just show up, you can also message us to let us know that you are coming by emailing,

You can see examples of Soundwalks here

September 29th, VIFF Social

We will be seeing the film,  2 Cool 2 Be 4
Friday the 29th at 6pm.
We’ll meet by the concession of the International Village Cineplex.

New students can email us at to claim their free ticket.
Afterwards we’ll go to the Pint (or some similar spot in Gastown).

If you can make it, please let us know by commenting on the Facebook post, here.
This is so that we can get seats together.

You can get tickets here
And watch the trailer here


Urban Studies Student Orientation

Welcome to Urban Studies and the new semester. There will be a library orientation session on Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-7:30 in Room HC1350. The session will be led by our subject librarian, Nina Smart.

The student orientation, hosted by the Urban Studies Graduate Student Orientation, will take place Saturday, September 16th. Please come and welcome our new students.

1:00-2:30 Introductions and Information Session. Welcome and introductions from our Program Director and Program Manager, Graduate Student’s Society and Caucus. Information from Health Services, Career Services, and the Registrar.

2:40-3:00 Building Tour. Program offices and work space, and 3rd floor lunchroom

3:15-4:00 Alumni Panel. Urban Studies Alumni share their experiences and offer perspectives on making the most of the opportunities in the program.

4:15 Catch SeaBus to North Vancouver. Have your Compass Card loaded and ready!

4:45 Vancouver Port Reflection. Meet at the Burrard Dry Dock Pier – Resident Urban Waterfronts, Ports, and Logistics expert Peter Hall gives us some insight into our own Port-City.

5:00 Social @ Cheshire Cheese (Lonsdale Quay Market). Students, Faculty, Alumni are welcome to stay and socialize in a casual environment. Drinks and shared appetizers will be provided.

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”