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2nd Intermediate Meeting

On 27th, 28th and 29th October 2020, the second Intermediate Meeting of the TACK ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and Its Ways of Knowing’ network took place virtually – through Zoom.

This meeting was organized by Professor Tim Anstey from AHO in Oslo, who worked closely together with the training axis team ‘Approaching Tacit Knowledge’ Professor Helena Mattson, Associate Professor Jennifer Mack (both from KTH Stockholm) and Professor Klaske Havik (from TUDelft). Mara Trübenbach, the doctoral student working on the TACK project with Tim Anstey on the TACK project in Oslo, has written a brief reflection on the gathering.

The second intermediate meeting invited the TACK network to digitally join The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and to contribute to insightful discussions on Module 3 ‘On Media: Descriptions, Details, Delineations’. The doctoral students, supervisors, advisory board and cultural institutes all participated in this well-organized three-day online event.

Similar to the first intermediate meeting, the course was preceded by a series of informal preparatory online lectures. We, the doctoral students (ESRs), received lectures on writing of research proposals on the one hand, and mediation in architecture on the other. In addition, a reading list on media was discussed by our doctoral student reading club, which meets on a weekly basis.

On the first day, the participants were divided into breakout rooms in order to enable a fruitful discussion on the 15-minute presentations of the individual ESRs. The ESRs presented their project proposal, and comments and questions of the co-supervisors and supervisors followed, such as how could methods lead to an overall structure of project-structure. Following this first session, Dr. Matthew Wells, an architectural historian based at ETH Zürich, gave a keynote lecture on ‘Model Speaking’.

The second day started with an hour-long discussion on Matthew Well’s keynote. The ESRs and supervisors were then accompanied by the TACK Advisory Board members and split into three parallel sessions of six to seven people. During these break-out sessions, a chosen detail of the project proposal was presented by each ESR and commented on by the Advisory Board members, which helped the doctoral students to communicate their dissertation project to a broader audience. The day concluded with a common session on the issue of vectors of communication, their potential and how investigating them informs the various projects. This session also provided the opportunity to give feedback on the previous two days of training.

On the last day, the ESRs, the graphic designer Johnny Chang and the organization team of the second intermediate meeting reflected on the nature of the TACK Konvolutt reader and the TACK archive. We discussed what an archive is and can do by displaying examples of how to collectively assemble research material e.g. glossary, key terms and collective vocabulary that could later create a structure of the TACK collection. A first outcome of the discussion serves for the TACK Reader that will be presented at the next foundational course session, which will take place in the spring of 2021 in Wuppertal, which we all hope to attend in person.