Human Library

The Human Library is…

Prajnaketu Holden

Prajnaketu is a Buddhist teacher and member of a Buddhist Order with a Masters in Mathematics and Philosophy from New College, Oxford. He has some really interesting ideas and I think you could have some interesting discussions. Themes on ethical living; meditation; personal/psychological/ emotional/spiritual development; solitude; and also elements of more traditional Buddhist lifestyles and values.

Eiluned Pearce

Eiluned is Dr of Human evolutionary science and psychology from Oxford University who has spent 10 years researching at Oxford University’s Experimental Psychology Department. She can talk generally about human evolution, the social brain, how we create and maintain friendships and communities etc.

Devon Moar

Born in and growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Studied at School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, tutors included Lebbeus Woods, David Turnbull, Hayley Eber, Pep Aviles, David Gersten, Diane Lewis, Michael Young

Research into the technology of a space elevator, occupying the Earth’s atmosphere as an orbiting satellite and messenger - a connection and neural network between Earth and the cosmos - always sending, receiving, and storing information.

Interests in science fiction, spaces/architecture for extreme locations such as the polar regions, the Moon and other places in outer space.

After graduating worked in the NYC office of Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Now works at Hugh Broughton Architects on the extreme environment and remote location architecture.

Shahe Gregorian

Jackie Watson

Jackie Watson MA (Hons) Jurisprudence Oxon; MSc Applied Positive Psychology University of East London

Jackie graduated in Law from Oxford University and, following a successful career as a solicitor and tax consultant in London, Paris and Oxford, went back to University in 2010 to take a Masters in positive psychology. She now enjoys teaching International pre-University students Law and also Life skills. She is particularly fascinated by what makes people thrive and flourish, by the resilience and by personal strengths as an indicator for career choices. In her leisure time, she likes to adapt industrial and domestic design ideas to her home and is actively trying to reduce its carbon footprint. She became a type 1 diabetic at age 15, has two adult children who have left the nest and been (just a little) replaced by two cats.

Harleen Johan

Harleen graduated from the University of Southampton in July 2017, with a distinction in her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree. Since then, she has worked as a junior doctor in the Oxford University Hospitals Trust; rotating through ‘Emergency Surgery’, ‘Adult Psychiatry’ and ‘Acute General Medicine’ jobs. During a break from her undergraduate studies, she completed a Masters degree sponsored by the Institute of Medical Ethics, focusing on medical ethics and the changing landscape of healthcare law. She also has a significant interest in global health; particularly the fair provision of healthcare in regions where gender inequality prevails. With as much inclination to the arts as the sciences, she has also previously competed and performed on an international platform as a professional dancer. Her current creative pursuits are wedding photography and poetry. Who’s interested to gauge numbers?

Jules Birch

Peter Wilder

The talk will be on his work: Disruptive Innovation in Land Planning. Based on a paper I presented at the University of Greenwich International Symposium Creation: Reaction, it focuses on the possibilities that technology has to transform current practices and the opportunities and potential threats to the design industry.

He can also talk about: - sustainable buildings, covering my role as an advisor to BRE on the introduction of passive systems and green technology into some of the worlds most energy efficient architecture including the living lattice building in Changsha China and the development of the Zero Carbon Lighthouse, the UK’s first Code level 6 building.

- water Sensitive Urban Design and the role of the master plan in creating sustainable cities focusing on the Gui’an Innovation Park in China, a prototype for a Sponge City.

Dr Alexandra Macht

Qualitative Research Methods, Adult-child relations/interactions, Sociology of emotion, Gender and parenting, Power, Masculinities, fathers and fatherhood, Identity and class culture

Dr Sally Holloway

Dr Sally Holloway is a historian of gender, emotions, and visual and material culture in Britain over the long eighteenth century. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013, and subsequently worked on the Georgians season at Historic Royal Palaces, and taught at Queen Mary University of London, Oxford Brookes University, and Richmond, The American International University in London. Sally joined Oxford Brookes in 2017 as Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in History & History of Art.

Joseph Horton

Joseph is a British photographic artist working between London and Bristol and is currently undertaking his MA in photography at the University of the West of England. Joseph’s practice is concerned with social and environmental roles, focusing primarily on our sense of place and how we effect and are affected by the environments we inhabit. Resulting in images which dissect cultural and social identity as well as environmental relationships through found objects and constructed landscapes.

Dr Ross Goodson

Ross is a recently qualified medic

George Williams

George Williams is a '17 Zone5⃣ graduate with a wealth of architectural experience🏗 ranging from renovating the homes of rock stars 🦄 to deployment with the UN in Tajikistan 🇹🇯

He has an interest in obscure line drawings ✍ Marxist theory and alternative social/political/economic 🛠 models

His thesis project explored the link between GenY 🤷‍♀🤷‍♂ Ibiza airport 🛩 and Tinder 📱

Engeland Apostol

Zone5 Mk3. The architectural designer that does image trains for days @sheepairsupport

Ray Lee

Ray Lee is a Professor of Sound Art at Oxford Brookes University and an award-winning sound artist and composer. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations and performances that explore “circles of ether,” the invisible forces that surround us. His immersive and mesmerising works such as the world-wide hit 'Siren', 'Ethometric Museum' and his monumental outdoor work 'Chorus' aim to make contemporary music accessible and engaging for a wide audience. 'Siren' toured the world with significant British Council support. 'Ethometric Museum' won him the 2012 British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art. 'Force Field' was awarded an honorary mention in the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica. His latest work, the monumental outdoor piece 'Ring Out' was the result of a PRS New Music Biennial Award. He is an associate artist of OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music).

Sam Wilkinson

Drone pilot, Architectural Designer, Virtual Reality, Digital R&D

Eddie Farrel

Painter and filmmaker

David Greene

David Greene was a founding member of Archigram, a major avant-garde architecture group of the 1960s. Often presented as the group’s poet, in 1961 David Greene published “A message or abstract communication” in their magazine. This article was accompanied by his poems and illustrated with pop-up collages of ordinary objects taken from commercial catalogs, and projects by Peter Cook and Michael “Spider” Webb. By so doing, Archigram displayed its frustration with architectural and intellectual conservatism in a revolutionary way. If Living Pod (1966) remains his most famous contribution to the collective works of Archigram, David Greene designed other just as radical projects. Greene chose the disappearance of architecture as one of his favorite themes, going so far as to propose “a moratorium on buildings,” considering that there were already too many. In an age and a society given over to the cult of consumption, Greene’s thinking, which went beyond mere provocation, was based on a realistic perception of the architectural implications of new technology.

Professor Byron Mikellides

Byron Mikellides is a Professor of Architectural Psychology in the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, where he has been since 1969, and has published several books and papers on the subject in the UK and USA. The most influential of these being Colour for Architecture (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976) and Architecture for People (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1980). He has lectured world wide, and in 2005 he was identified by the international community (IAPS, Journal of Environmental Psychology, EPRG and Laboratoire de Psychologie Environnementale) as an influential figure in Environmental Psychology who has played a crucial role in its history.

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