Leonie Sandercock joined the School of Community & Regional Planning at UBC in July 2001 and served as Director of the School from July 2006 to November 2007. Her main research interest is in working with First Nations, through collaborative community planning, using the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue, on the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and partnership. She is using her documentary (with Giovanni Attili) ‘Finding Our Way’ as a catalyst for dialogues in BC communities (see Mongrel Stories and Finding Your Way – the film. Other research interests include immigration, cultural diversity and integration; the possibilities of a more therapeutic model of planning; the importance of stories and storytelling in planning theory and practice; and the role of multimedia in planning.
Rob Shields is an editor and the founding Editor and Publisher of Space and Culture. He is Henry Marshall Tory Research Chair and Professor at University of Alberta, working on place, space, cities and public participation. He directs research on public participation in place-making, region-building and urban culture and publishes widely on the history of spaces, consumption, social spatialization and cultural topology. His latest work is on youth and on the relation between place, crises and environmental disasters and the senses.
Will Straw is a Professor in the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University. From 2011 to 2016, he was Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts (Belgrade), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City), the University of Aarhus (Denmark), the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) and the Central European University (Budapest). His interests include urban culture and the history of print culture, popular music studies and cinema. His latest research on “The Urban Night as Interdisciplinary Object” deals with the ways in which the culture of night is mediatized, represented, regulated and occupied.
Sha Xin Wei is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University, and was the director of the Topological Media Lab while he held a Canada Research Chair at Concordia University (2005-2013). He is interested in the architecture of responsive media spaces and the critical study of media arts and sciences. At the intermediate scale, his work concerns the phenomenology of performance, phenomenology of differential geometry, and the technologies of performance. At the finest scale, his work is focused on constructing pliant computational matter: topological media. To inform this work, he is studying issues related to gesture and performance, sensors and active fabrics, temporal patterns, computer-mediated interaction, geometric visualization and writing systems.