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 trust of a city street is formed over time from many, many little public sidewalk contacts” ―Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961― Whistler is home to almost 10,000 residents, however, with a capacity to provide overnight accommodation to an additional 35,000 people, the British Columbia...
Australian singer and songwriter Courtney Barnett, has been described as the new Bob Dylan for her songs which reflect the everyday anxieties of the 21st century. Her song Depreston, about the challenges of home-buyers finding housing within their price range, is considered an anthem for a generation. Although Depreston is...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyNGDWnmX0U To world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels, architecture is the fiction of the real world, in which dreams about the way we aspire to live our lives can be realized through bricks and mortar. Expressing concern that contemporary buildings "have been reduced to containers of space; boring and boxy", Ingels shares...
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...
In 1998, the Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley announced a vision to redevelop the rail tracks and dilapidated surface car park that consumed the northern corner of Grant Park in Chicago, into a public space. Opening to the public in 2004, Millennium Park created a bold landscape, featuring...
Article Note: This is the second installment in a series on observations of people in Pike Place. See Part 1 for a brief background of public life studies, and observations of the existing design features and transitory activity at Pike Place. This part focuses on stationary activity.  As discussed in Part 1,...
Article Note: This is the first installment of a series on observations of people in Pike Place. Part 1 focuses on existing design features and transitory activity.  “...please look closely at real cities. While you are looking, you might as well also listen, linger and think about what you see”...
The City of Seattle 2016 Proposed Budget allocates significant funding to support the expansion of the city's bike share stations and fleet, serving a much greater geographic area, if approved. Of the $5.1 billion Proposed Budget, $5 million is dedicated to fund the expansion of Pronto bike share with the potential to leverage an additional...