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A taxonomy of live projects and the ethical implications of the university as creative host to architectural agency

Burch, James; Sara, Rachel; Marco, Elena; Daniels, Sally


James Burch
AHOD/Associate Professor of Architecture

Rachel Sara


The varied agendas of Universities (manifested in initiatives such as internships, knowledge transfer, outreach, marketing, and community engagement, alongside the continued agendas of research, assessed modules and qualifications) offer a range of different ways in which live projects can flourish. This paper begins to map a taxonomy of the ways in which live projects can work within (and indeed exploit) the range of initiatives that Universities, as institutions with a complex range of agendas, employ. The paper uses UWE Bristol’s live project work as an initial set of case studies and maps seven models of live project practice. These are drawn upon to ask whether it is the complexity of agendas itself that allow Live Projects to flourish in this institutional setting or the University’s position as a quasi-public agent, one step outside the commercial requirements of practice that allow it space to make unlikely things live. The case studies are analysed to understand the questions of professional ethics that the relationship between pedagogy, practice, university and client/user raised in each type of project. The open-ended taxonomy of live projects will be presented; and it is proposed that this taxonomy is debated and developed within the conference presentation.


Burch, J., Sara, R., Marco, E., & Daniels, S. (2014, September). A taxonomy of live projects and the ethical implications of the university as creative host to architectural agency. Paper presented at Living and Learning

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Living and Learning
Start Date Sep 3, 2014
End Date Sep 5, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 233-234
Keywords architecture, universities
Publisher URL!/file/aae_proceedings.pdf
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Living and Learning


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