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Rachel Sara

Associate Professor in Low Energy Design in Architecture


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)
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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.

Making trouble to stay with: Architecture and feminist pedagogies (2017)
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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.

Transgression: Body and space (2014)
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Sara, R., & Littlefield, D. (2014). Transgression: Body and space. Architecture and Culture, 2(3), 293-302

The theme of “Transgression: body and space” emerges from a vigorous series of research activities, publications and events (herein entitled the Transgression project) that were undertaken between 2010 and 2014 at the School of Architecture, Universi... Read More about Transgression: Body and space.

Towards a teaching commons for architecture: The scholarship of teaching and learning in architectural education (2014)
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Holgate, P., & Sara, R. (2014). Towards a teaching commons for architecture: The scholarship of teaching and learning in architectural education

Ernest Boyer (1928-1995) distinguished himself as a key figure in American higher education, serving as the United States Commissioner of Education and as President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His publications and init... Read More about Towards a teaching commons for architecture: The scholarship of teaching and learning in architectural education.

The Scarlet Letter: A critical review (2014)
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Littlefield, D., & Sara, R. (2014). The Scarlet Letter: A critical review. Architecture and Culture, 2(3), 403-416. https://doi.org/10.2752/205078214X14107818390757

Nathaniel Hawthorn’s 19th century romance The Scarlet Letter centres on the simple transgression of adultery and its social consequences. Hawthorn’s narrative and story-telling skill, however, is far from simple; the author manages to subtly and clev... Read More about The Scarlet Letter: A critical review.

Transgression: Body and space (2014)
Journal Article
Sara, R., & Littlefield, D. (2014). Transgression: Body and space. Architecture and Culture, 2(3), 295-304. https://doi.org/10.2752/205078214X14107818390513

© Bloomsbury 2014. The theme of transgression has been the subject of much twentieth-century thought, touching on a range of ideas including, for example, identity, society, the nature of architecture and the social role of the carnival. Here, Rachel... Read More about Transgression: Body and space.

Learning from life: Exploring the potential of live projects in higher education (2011)
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Sara, R. (2011). Learning from life: Exploring the potential of live projects in higher education. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 6(2), 8-25

This paper introduces the educational issues surrounding live project work, exploring the potential benefits and drawbacks of these teaching projects. It draws on the findings of a University of the West of England Teaching and Learning Grant funded... Read More about Learning from life: Exploring the potential of live projects in higher education.