Teaching into the third space

I had a penny-dropped moment observing a series of tutorials in Oxford Brookes University’s Interior Architecture group. The language being used by the tutors echoed, for me, the language of activity theory, actor network theory and – most importantly – third space theory. I am probably over-interpreting but until this moment I hadn’t realised quite how radical the Interior Architecture group’s outlook is. This post may get me into hot water with other people working in the built environment, and I do not mean to privilege any one approach or team. However, I was hearing the language of liberation pedagogies, hybrid identities, neo/post/anti-colonial experiences: an architecture of community, identity and emotion; an architecture of relationships that were not commercial and which spoke against the colonisation of space by the powerful.



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