Friday, January 14, 2011

Live Projects 2011-- A Colloquium at the School of Planning, Architecture, and Civil Engnineering-SPACE, Queen's University Belfast

Live Projects 2011: a free, one day colloquium for live project academics in architecture, built environment and design disciplines

25 March 2011, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Live Projects 2011 invites academics and teachers in architecture, built environment and design disciplines to a one day colloquium about the use of live projects in higher education.
A live project in architectural education may be defined as a teaching project that brings students of architecture into contact with one or more aspects of the reality of architectural practice: a real client, a real timeline and a real outcome that is of value to the client. Established as an adaptation of the studio-based model of architectural education, their origins lie in nineteen-fifties’ experiments in the university-based architectural education. Contemporary UK live projects are increasingly cited as developing broader skill-sets in their students than traditional studio based projects, often drawing reference from design/build or service learning projects in North America. Yet despite their established use in architectural education, live projects remain under theorised, with primarily descriptive rather than analytical research.
Live Projects 2011 offers live project academics, practitioners and students a focused opportunity to:
  • - present, discuss and critique live project practice and research
  • - propose and develop areas for future practice and research
  • - meet and network with peers at schools of architecture in Britain and Ireland
  • - develop their contributions for subsequent publication
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Trigger papers (1000 – 1500 words maximum) describing recent live project practice and experience are invited. Papers are sought that:
  • critically review not only the successes but also difficulties of recent live projects
  • situate live projects against those within other institutions and disciplines
  • situate live projects against the theoretical frameworks that might inform or be informed by them
  • discuss the pedagogical, social, economic, political and/or cultural values of live projects
  • discuss the mechanisms for addressing pragmatic issues relating to construction, risk assessment and health and safety
  • suggest new directions and challenges for live project practice
Papers are to be published, either independently or through the media of the Centre for Education and Built Environment, which has made this event possible.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words accompanied by a summary CV should be submitted no later than 21 January 2011 to:
Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses (for economy class air fare and up to 3* accommodation, up to a combined total of £250 per person) will be met for those participants chosen by the steering group to present.

Regardless of invitation to present, Live Projects 2011 is free to attend, although pre-registration is required. Please email your name, affiliation and travel details no later than 25 February 2011.

  • Call for abstracts launched: Friday 3 December 2010
  • Call for abstracts closes: Friday 21 January 2011
  • Presenting participants confirmed: Friday 18 February 2011
  • Registration deadline: Friday 25 February 2011
  • Colloquium: Friday 25 March 2011

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