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Rachel Sara

Associate Professor in Low Energy Design in Architecture


Carnival: Performed transgressions (2012)
Book Chapter
Sara, R. (2012). Carnival: Performed transgressions. In L. Rice (Ed.), Architecture + Transgression, 60-67. Architecture Centre, Bristol

Within a book on architecture and transgression, this chapter explores the way in which urban acts of transgression such as zombie walks, urban beaches, street parties, illegal raves, street interventions (sofas, cushions on streets), pop-up cinemas,... Read More about Carnival: Performed transgressions.

Learning from life: Exploring the potential of live projects in higher education (2011)
Journal Article
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.

The campsite: Lessons from the edge of architecture (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Sara, R. (2011, October). The campsite: Lessons from the edge of architecture. Paper presented at Peripheries Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference

Architecture is a physical manifestation of the essential human need to both connect and separate; to bring together and to divide. Whilst the creation of architecture is bound up with ideas of the spatial – making spaces and places is what architect... Read More about The campsite: Lessons from the edge of architecture.

A studio between: Positioning the design-build studio as educational praxis (2011)
Book Chapter
Sara, R. (2011). A studio between: Positioning the design-build studio as educational praxis. In W. Carpenter (Ed.), Design Build Studio, 108-118. Lightroom Press

The basis for this chapter is embodied in the ‘Porte’ photograph by Marcel Duchamp. The proposition is that the design-build studio sits between the academy and the everyday. It sits between the binaries of Theory/Practice, University/Community, Draw... Read More about A studio between: Positioning the design-build studio as educational praxis.

Crit(ical) encounters (2011)
Presentation / Conference
Rice, L., & Sara, R. (2011, August). Crit(ical) encounters. Presented at Architectural Education Encounters Conference

The crit forms the primary narrative through which architectural education is operationalized. The crit or ‘design review’ inhabits a liminal space through which the process of learning architecture and development of professionalism are curated. For... Read More about Crit(ical) encounters.

Lessons from the campsite: Developing a taxonomy of the socio-spatial relationships that facilitate successful communities (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Sara, R. (2009, November). Lessons from the campsite: Developing a taxonomy of the socio-spatial relationships that facilitate successful communities. Poster presented at Field/work 6th AHRA International Conference 2009

This paper describes an ongoing research project which examines the campsite, in order to explore the particular qualities that make campsites work as temporary communities. The study draws on a visual methodology – using photographs and drawings - a... Read More about Lessons from the campsite: Developing a taxonomy of the socio-spatial relationships that facilitate successful communities.