Wall Stories


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Catalyst Program

Read about the collaborative projects and initiatives of the 2022 Wall Catalyst Scholars aimed at addressing the Climate and Nature Emergency

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PWIAS Impact

Learn more about how the interdisciplinary environment at PWIAS enriches UBC and impacts society through ground-breaking research, influential public policy, artistic collaborations and award-winning publications.

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Chromatic - The Book

Read excerpts and other stories related to “Chromatic”, a new collaborative art book produced by the 2020 Wall Scholars.

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Scholar Q & A

A series of thought-provoking and inspiring short interviews with our Wall Scholars and PWIAS community members.

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Architecture not a peaceful practice, says Wall Exchange speaker

While architects usually focus on construction, Eyal Weizman studies destruction.  Weizman is the lead investigator for the Forensic Architecture research project, a multidisciplinary project that’s used architectural principles to investigate the spatial pattern of drone strikes, analyze footage of deadly shootings and provide environmental evidence for the prosecution of war…

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New app tested in Vancouver schools tackles childhood obesity

With a limitless stream of apps to download and an online world of distractions, kids are spending more time in front of screens and less time being active. The result, says one UBC professor, may partly explain the increasing percentage of children being overweight or obese. UBC professor and Peter…

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Digital era ushers in “new art history”

The world of art has been dramatically altered by the rise of photography and digital media, and while this transformation has opened many new artistic possibilities, it has also left some critics and scholars grasping at how to make sense of it from an academic standpoint.  Dr.

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Is methane the new climate change culprit?

Methane has been turning a lot of heads recently. With headlines like The Methane Monster Roars and Abrupt Climate Change is Here, it would appear that carbon dioxide has met its match. The gas, after all, is known to be 20 to 40 times more potent than CO2 in terms of…

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Potential treatment could help preserve brain function for stroke patients

When a person suffers a stroke, he or she has approximately a three-hour window during which the affected parts of the brain are drawing on reserve oxygen and nutrients. As those supplies run out, the cells start to die, causing the permanent brain damage associated with a stroke. The current…

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Bonding through bars: New guidelines for mother-child prison units put interests of child first

Dr. Ruth Martin says babies have the right to stay in prison and the Supreme Court of British Columbia agrees with her. While the thought of babies behind bars is shocking to many, research shows it’s a far better alternative to separation and foster care. Martin, a professor at…

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