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First AB-Meeting

On June 16th 2020, the TACK Advisory Board and the TACK Supervisory Board met for the first time.

During this meeting between the Advisory Board and the Supervisory Board, the Advisory Board members shared their interest in tacit knowledge in architecture, and also raised some open questions for the TACK-network to reflect upon.

Stefan Anspach

“At the Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume we believe that the quality of architecture has a big impact on people’s lives because architecture determines the picture of urban districts. … How do we bring tacit knowledge to a wider public and how can an environment be created that could give impulses to reflection? It is not about the solution but about impulses to reflect.”

Wivina Demeester

“What is the knowledge and the tacit knowledge today for the society confronted with the pandemic, with Corona? How could the tacit knowledge and the knowledge of architecture find a relationship to the sector of care and healthcare? … In my country [Belgium], we are looking for good architecture not with the expectations that normally those sectors have but with the tacit knowledge that they could bring to new situations today.”

Françoise Fromonot

“I wonder if the notion of what was good architecture wasn’t a tacit one. In respect to the media which would be supposed to develop, to explain, to investigate the quality of the work they are publishing and they are publishing it because it was good and it was good because it was published. The question of how to mediate architecture with a broader public is a very difficult one because of this paradox.”

Boris Brorman Jensen

“I realized that architects rarely can use the knowledge from their own realm to legitimize decisions. They always have to pick an explanation from another field, from sociology, economy, aesthetics, art history. As a result, the capacity of tacit knowledge remains hidden to the public. …The development of models is needed in order to be able to speak about the realm of the tacit and at the same time not to try to cover it with new kind of knowledge.”

Hilde Léon

“I have a double role in life which is on the one hand educating young students in architecture, and on the other hand running an office with 40 employees … It is not easy to bring young students to their idea of their own project … To think about architecture and to develop theories about doing architecture is very important but it doesn’t provide the answer on how to do a good project. On the one hand the researchers have the base of knowledge about the city, the history, the conditions etc. but then the architect has to play – to try and err.”

Caroline van Eck

“I have become very interested in the problem of tacit knowledge as it materializes in restoration. There was a huge unwritten history of the survival and reception of classical artefacts and statues which had everything to do with how people thought they looked at one stage and how they should look again once they were put on display … Within that whole very tense field of how people think objects from the past should be restored or repaired or improved there is an immense amount of tacit knowledge which people carefully and for obvious reasons don’t put in their treatise on restoration … They never told you what they really do and this was still the case today … Where does tacit knowledge stop and where do problem solving skills start? What is the difference between tacit knowledge and a skill?”


The TACK network looks forward to future conversations with its Advisory Board, as we continue our research into architecture and its ways of knowing.