Sarah Oberklaid

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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.
The University of Washington's Department of Architecture Lecture Series is recommencing for spring, with a line up of high caliber speakers, as outlined below. As part of the fall series, architect Peter Busby of Perkins+Will delivered an inspiring lecture about the power of design in regenerating landscapes. [vimeo 145353051 w=500 h=281] Busby shared his philosophy on...
To architect Ole Scheeren, "we should think of architecture and buildings as a space for stories — stories of the people that live there, of the people that work in these buildings. And we could start to imagine the experiences our buildings create." Sharing insight into the design process,...
Significant growth in Seattle over the past few years has prompted a great deal of attention, and now there is a dedicated place in the city, the Center for Architecture and Design, which invites people to discuss ideas and engage with how all facets of design affect our lives....
"Americans spend 90% of their time indoors" explains Marc Kushner in this animated talk in which he discusses how architecture shapes us and triggers our emotional connections to places. He discusses how designers shift between being innovative and relying on traditional symbols as they respond to changing style, technologies, and...
Tobias Lau, of Social Action, described how prior to learning about the innovative research about social life and experiences in cities led by Danish architect Jan Gehl, he had considered city development as "something that happened in front of me. Not something I could take part in." As Lau gained more...
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), King County highlights how this legislation was instrumental in guiding careful planning to balance the demands of population growth and curb sprawl, to protect fertile agricultural lands and beautiful natural environments. Since the GMA was passed in 1990, more than one million people...
With a vision to host the healthiest, most sustainable and socially responsible Super Bowl ever, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee launched the Play Your Part initiative, encouraging fans to make environmentally conscious decisions. For pledging to use public transportation or ride their bike to the game,...
Alejandro Aravena received the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize, with the jury stating his work "epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect, especially in his long-term commitment to tackling the global housing crisis and fighting for a better urban environment for all.” In this video, Aravena shares insight into his...