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Rachel Sara

Associate Professor in Low Energy Design in Architecture


Towards an architecture for wellbeing (2020)
Conference Proceeding
Rice, L., & Sara, R. (2020). Towards an architecture for wellbeing. In 7th International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Built Environment Proceedings. , (75-85)

Architectural design can have profound implications on human health and planetary wellbeing. The built environment is currently one of the most important determinants of health and wellbeing. As human health comprises of physical, mental and social a... Read More about Towards an architecture for wellbeing.

Austerity urbanism: Connecting strategies and tactics for participatory placemaking (2020)
Journal Article
Sara, R., Jones, M., & Rice, L. (in press). Austerity urbanism: Connecting strategies and tactics for participatory placemaking. CoDesign, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/15710882.2020.1761985

Austerity has led to a growing interest in small-scale urban practices that engage community groups in participatory placemaking as an alternative to developing government or commercially funded parks and urban spaces. These approaches draw on bottom... Read More about Austerity urbanism: Connecting strategies and tactics for participatory placemaking.

Updating the determinants of health model in the information age (2018)
Journal Article
Rice, L., & Sara, R. (2019). Updating the determinants of health model in the information age. Health Promotion International, 34(6), 1241-1249. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day064

In 1991, Dahlgren and Whitehead produced a highly influential model of the determinants of health that has since been used by numerous national and international public health organizations globally. The purpose of the model is to enable intervention... Read More about Updating the determinants of health model in the information age.

The university as agent of change in the city: Co-creation of live community architecture (2018)
Journal Article
Sara, R., & Jones, M. (2018). The university as agent of change in the city: Co-creation of live community architecture. Archnet-IJAR, 12(1), 326-337

© 2018 Author(s). Universities have a civic responsibility towards the cities of which they are a part. This is typically operationalised through Outreach and Engagement, which aims to share and apply the expertise and knowledge generated by the univ... Read More about The university as agent of change in the city: Co-creation of live community architecture.

Workshop: Collaborating with communities in creating their own spaces with the city (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Sara, R., & Jones, M. (2017, October). Workshop: Collaborating with communities in creating their own spaces with the city. Presented at Workshop: Collaborating with Communities in Creating Their Own Spaces with the City

Grass-roots activities can regenerate areas and empower communities to take ownership of their own shared spaces within the city. The panel explores the interplay between ‘top down’ and ‘ground up’ interventions and places in between. What would an e... Read More about Workshop: Collaborating with communities in creating their own spaces with the city.

Critical reflections on the inclusivity and diversity of live community architecture projects (2017)
Presentation / Conference
de Graft-Johnson, A., Daniels, S., Sara, R., & Jones, M. (2017, September). Critical reflections on the inclusivity and diversity of live community architecture projects. Paper presented at AAE2017: Architecture Connects

One of the key ways in which architecture students are prompted to connect with clients, users and community groups is through engagement with live projects. Students are invited to work with, and/or for, an external collaborator for their mutual ben... Read More about Critical reflections on the inclusivity and diversity of live community architecture projects.

The University as agent of change in the city: Co-creation of live community architecture (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Sara, R., & Jones, M. (2017, July). The University as agent of change in the city: Co-creation of live community architecture. Paper presented at PLEA 2017: Design to Thrive

Universities, as quasi-public agents, have a civic responsibility towards the cities and communities of which they are a part. This is typically operationalized through Outreach and Engagement activities, which aim to share and apply the expertise an... Read More about The University as agent of change in the city: Co-creation of live community architecture.

Design leap! Developing a divergent tool through film for use within the architectural design process (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Hynam, M., Sara, R., Mosley, J., & Gething, B. (2017, April). Design leap! Developing a divergent tool through film for use within the architectural design process. Paper presented at CA²RE (CONFERENCE FOR ARTISTIC AND ARCHITECTURAL (DOCTORAL) RESEARCH)

This paper and accompanying short films (www.designleap.org/478/) have been produced to inform the development of a wider design research based PhD. The aim of the PhD is to develop a divergent tool to help designers be more creative within the early... Read More about Design leap! Developing a divergent tool through film for use within the architectural design process.

Making trouble to stay with: Architecture and feminist pedagogies (2017)
Journal Article
Lange, T., Scott, E. E., Sara, R., Athanasiadou, L., Harriss, H., Merrett, A. J., …Rendell, J. (2017). Making trouble to stay with: Architecture and feminist pedagogies

Architecture is, at its most basic, about imagining desirable futures. Yet, despite growing awareness of the lasting and extensive effects that design decisions have in the world, many people remain inadequately represented (or entirely unrepresented... Read More about Making trouble to stay with: Architecture and feminist pedagogies.

Live community architecture – a transformative feminist practice? A critical exploration of the experiences of students involved in live community-based architecture projects (2016)
Presentation / Conference
A critical exploration of the experiences of students involved in live community-based architecture projects. Presented at Architecture and Feminisms Conference

Internationally, Universities have introduced live projects as an increasingly common component of architecture education. In these projects students are typically taken out of the classroom or studio, and prompted to work with clients and/or real-li... Read More about Live community architecture – a transformative feminist practice? A critical exploration of the experiences of students involved in live community-based architecture projects.