News reaches me of an interesting educational experiment at the University of Sheffield during the School of Architecture's recent two-day jamboree. Egged on by visiting professors Ken Yeang and Tony Hunt, members of staff had to talk for one minute on each of 10 slides selected by the students. The twist was that the staff had not seen the slides before, so improvisation, wit and lateral thinking were the order of the day. Highlights were Scharoun expert Peter Blundell Jones on the Queen Mother, ex-Stirling man Keith Smith on Britney Spears, and head of school Jeremy Till on Jerry Springer ('I have a confession to make, Jerry - I have been cruel to students').
Sounds like this pedagogic model should be incorporated into the new RIBA curriculum.