Keynote: Innovation in Built Environment Education Conference, September 4th 2015: Student as Producer – Making the Classroom history


Mike Neary presents a utopian vision for higher education based on the socialist architecture of Cedric Price (1934-2003) and the actor Joan Littlewood (1914-2002), whose work included ‘The University of the Streets’ (1961) and ‘The Thinkbelt’ (1966). These futuristic visions are grounded in a social theory of time that involves reconstituting the relationship between work-time and learning-time as a new pedagogy of space and time (Neary and Amsler 2012). Mike will show how these architectural visions have been developed as the ‘Psycho classroom’ (Lambert 2009), a prototype learning space built by the Reinvention Centre at the University of Warwick in 2006; a new form of cooperative learning, the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, UK, providing no fee higher education, and ongoing plans to develop a transnational co-operative university (Neary and Winn 2015, Teamey and Mandel 2014). At the core of this new work lies the pedagogic practice of Student as Producer, based on the problematic ‘how do revolutionary teachers teach?’ (Neary 2010, Neary 2015)


Lambert, C. (2009) ‘Psycho-Classroom – Teaching as a Work of Art’, Social and Cultural Geography 12 (1): 27-45

Neary, M (2010) ‘Student as Producer: A Pedagogy of the Avant-Garde’, or, How Do Revolutionary Teachers Teach? Learning Exchange 1 (1), University of Westminster

Neary, M. and Amsler, A. (2012) ‘Occupy: A New Pedagogy of Space and Time’, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 10 (2)

Neary, M. (2015) ‘Inhabiting the Learning Landscape’ in J. Lea (ed.) Enhancing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Open University Press

Neary, M. and Winn, J. (2015) ‘Beyond Public and Private: A Model for Cooperative Higher Education’, Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy

Teamey, K. and Mandel, U. (2014) ‘Reimagining Higher Education’, Open Democracy 

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