The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently invited filmmakers and architects to create short films to inspire people to “look up” to appreciate architecture and the way in which it shapes our everyday lives. The Look Up Film Challenge, is the first competition of its kind, with the finalists announced in Chicago on October 3, 2015. The public were invited to vote on their favorite entry, with the People’s Choice awarded in November to this film, “Mixed Plate Hawaii” by Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao. Their film explores the diversity of  Hawaii’s architectural design and was also awarded Third Place and the Diversity and Inclusion award. You can view the other finalists here.

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Sarah is an urban planner and artist from Melbourne Australia, currently living in Seattle. She has contributed to diverse long-term projects addressing housing, transportation, community facilities, heritage and public spaces with extensive consultation with communities and other stakeholders. Her articles for The Urbanist focus on her passion for the design of sustainable, inviting and inclusive places, drawing on her research and experiences around the world.