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The Live Project

Part 2 Project 2004
All Diploma Students
Phillipa Longson
University of Sheffield Sheffield UK
The Live Project is a pioneering educational initiative introduced by the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Architecture students work in groups on live projects with a range of clients including local community groups, charities, health organisations and regional authorities. In some cases the projects involve actual building, urban masterplans, or consultation exercises. In every case, the project is real, happening in real time with real people. The Live Project sets real constraints; as opposed to most student projects these live projects are public and accountable.
All Diploma Students
Phillipa Longson


We see the Live Projects as important in educating architects of the future. Too often architectural education establishes a set of remote values which then go to define the profession; these centre on the myth of the architect as individual, male, hero-genius clinging to a set of ideals that are often removed from the concerns of the everyday world. In contrast, the Live Project develops collaborative techniques, skills in communication and participatory practice – all approaches that are essential and absolutely relevant to the future practitioner.

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