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29 October 2014

Harriet Harriss speaks at TEDx Conference in New York

Harriet Harriss, senior lecturer in architecture and subject coordinator discussed her book, 'Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education & the British Tradition' at a TEDx event hosted by the New York Institute of Technology.

Architecture, medicine, entrepreneurship and music were the topics of discussion at the TEDx conference this October in New York. Speakers and performers from many different industries were invited to share their chosen topics. Among them was Harriet Harriss, senior lecturer in architecture and subject coordinator at Oxford Brookes. The topic of her talk was her upcoming book, Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education & the British Tradition.

The book discusses the changes that are and could be happening in architectural education. Harriss has first-hand experience of these innovations. She is the founder of “Live Lab” and “Live Project” programs, which connect architecture students with companies to create designs for the community.

The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) organised and ran the independently organised conference. TEDx conferences are designed to give the flavour of TED conferences to more local and smaller communities. This is achieved through the combination of live speakers and performers and pre-recorded TED talks within set guidelines. The speakers have 18 minutes to ‘give the talk of their lives’ and discuss their ‘ideas worth sharing’.