Designing from life: live projects, authentic learning and complexity

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Live projects are designed and made by architecture students in collaboration with local communities. They allow students to learn skills that they will later use in practice but more than that, they are transformational experiences for all involved. Join Professor Jane Anderson to find out how they work and why they are a powerful agent for collaborative and authentic learning.

The projects themselves range from working with the John Radcliffe Hospital and Science Oxford to designing housing development hoardings and woodland play structures.

By engaging with the reality of a particular context, students are able to appreciate its complexity and take responsibility for responding to it. Jane will explore the new forms of co-creation, entrepreneurial, ethical and inter-disciplinary practices and learning that have emerged as a result of recent international live project activity.

Jane is Undergraduate Programme Lead at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes. She is co-founder of the Live Projects Network and Design for the Common Good.