Architecture and urban
scholar, critic, and designer.
Part punk planner, part anarchitect.
My work looks at both how we shape our cities and how our cities shape us.
I am currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at McGill University School of Urban Planning (Montreal) and a graduate of the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University (Ottawa).
Read more about my current research:
- Who Builds Whose City?
Centred and decentring narratives in progressive democratic participatory placemaking
(submitted for review summer 2021, awaiting defense)
Bri Gauger, Sarah Gelbard, Carla Maria Kayanan, Julie Mah, Steve Sherman, Raksha Vasudevan. (2019). Spaces of Struggle. Critical Planning 24. (13-18).
Sarah Gelbard. (2019). Messy Methodologies: Proposing Radical Alternatives
to the Formal Research Plan. Critical Planning 24. (45-56).
Gelbard, S. (forthcoming 2021). “‘Gentile’fication: Looking for and through Jewishness in Ottawa’s urban core.” In Contemporary Canadian Jewish Studies, Editors Daniel Moaz & Esti Mayer. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Gelbard, S. (accepted abstract, in preparation). “‘Did you hear? Mavericks is closing!’: punk refusal of gentrified endings.” In Special Issue on Creative Endings. Editors Ruth Raynor & Charlotte Veal. GeoHumanities.
Recent and upcoming conference presentations:
- Punking the common urban narratives. ACSP Annual Meeting. Toronto ON (virtual).
Future dis-oriented and punk placemaking. ACSP Annual Meeting. Greenville SC.
- Annihilation/Assimilation: the dark side of inclusive planning. Philosophy of the City. Detroit.
- No future. Punk planning, agonistics, and anarchism. AAG Annual Meeting. Washington D.C.
- Urban equity and diversity: Radical theories and deradicalized practices. Philosophy of the City. Bogotá, Colombia.
- ‘parking lot citys an ugly place’ Punk inverted images of capital city. AAG Annual Meeting. New Orleans LA.
- Ask a punk: From informality to anti-formality and anti-authority… and when to say fuck. Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method, Los Angeles CA
- ‘Fuck gentrification’ is the new ‘fuck the man’: the desirability of undesirable punk space. 1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers. Reggio Emilia, Italy.
- Making space for messy urbanisms: In and out of the public eye. European Geographies of Sexualities. Barcelona, Spain.
- Schlemihls and squatters: Undesirable people and places in the city. Canadian Society of Jewish Studies. Montreal QC.
Connecting theory to practice
I am also engaged in a number of advocacy and activist activities that encourage the reappropriation and appreciation of shared public space through tactical interventions, installations, and writing. Socio-cultural equity, diversity, and justice for minority and alternative groups are key themes in my work.
I am co-director of yowLAB, an Ottawa-based architecture and design ideas lab and community network. I am one of two writers behind UrbSanity, a monthly column published in the Centretown Buzz and Spacing Ottawa. To shake off some of the academic weight, I am a partner and designer with the urban art practice Impromptu Playground.