training meetings

1st Intermediate Meeting

On 16 and 17 June 2020, the first Intermediate Meeting of the TACK ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and Its Ways of Knowing’ network took place virtually – through Zoom.

This meeting was organised by Professor Helena Mattson and Associate Professor Jennifer Mack from KTH Stockholm, who worked closely together with Professor Tim Anstey (from AHO) and Professor Klaske Havik (from TUDelft), who are also part of the ‘Approaching Tacit Knowledge’ training axis team. Anna Livia Vørsel, the doctoral student working with Helena Mattsson and Jennifer Mack on the TACK project in Stockholm, has written a brief reflection on what were an intensive two days:

Last week, the TACK network joined us digitally here in Stockholm for the intermediate meeting Frames of Tacit Knowledge: Methods. The meeting stretched over two days, and brought together all the doctoral students, as well as the network’s supervisory board, advisory board and non-academic partners through a matrix of structured and well-organized zoom links.

Prior to the meeting, Tim Anstey, Helena Mattsson and Jennifer Mack gave a series of lectures online, covering the annotation and review, the archive, and the ‘working in the field’, opening up great discussions around methods and their application in our research.

During the first day of the intermediate meeting, we saw ten-minute presentations of all doctoral research projects, addressing our “object(s) of research” and methods concerning the notion of tacit knowledge. The presentations were a great opportunity to familiarize ourselves with each other’s research and made visible for the first time, where our projects strongly overlap, interlink and differ. In concluding the day of presentations, Tom Avermaete pointed to, how our projects collectively begin to articulate particular questions around tacit knowledge– specifically on its substance and performance.

The second day took the form of a series of workshop in smaller groups, across the clusters which involved the doctoral students and their supervisors. In the first, we (the doctoral students) presented documentations of site-visits alongside annotated literature addressing specific methods, also highlighting how our projects link across and in-between the clusters. The second workshop addressed questions of a collective TACK archive: what it could hold, where it could be, what structure it could have etc. Despite all of us being physically dispersed at this meeting, a sense of collective knowledge within the network starting to form was made visible in our conversations and discussions during these two days. I look forward to continuing the discussion in Oslo in the autumn.