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Sneak Peak! Something to read…

Two of our TACK members have produced books that will certainly be of interest to the TACK network:

Understanding the multitude of knowledges that constitute architectural thinking, designing and making
Lara Schrijver (ed.)

Within architecture, tacit knowledge plays a substantial role both within the design process and its reception. This book explores the tacit dimension of architecture in its aesthetic, material, cultural, design-based, and reflexive understanding of what we build. Much of architecture’s knowledge resides beneath the surface, in nonverbal instruments such as drawings and models that articulate the spatial imagination of the design process. Tacit knowledge, described in 1966 by Michael Polanyi as what we ‘can know but cannot tell’, often denotes knowledge that escapes quantifiable dimensions of research.

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SHAPING DESIGN. Media of architectural conception 
Margitta Buchert (ed.)

If the trajectories of architectural conception are understood as actively shaped, then ‘media’ appear not only as passive instruments or tools that depict, transfer and convey something neutrally. Their reflexive dimension in the sense of a performative ‘in-between’ as well as in the sense of their transformative, generative and presentative potential, become the focal point. The new a_ku publication SHAPING DESIGN points out new perspectives on these possibilities, the interplay and the mutual influence of designers and the open catalogue of media.

How do the everyday media of architectural conception affect our thinking and acting? How can architects shape their design and research activities with these media in a targeted way and thereby generate and communicate spatial qualities as well as their architecture-specific knowledge? 

Based on concrete contemporary examples, the book examines how media of architectural conception not only form a continuity in the transition from analysis to design, but also in what way and intensity they are activated as a reference, catalyst and messenger in creative design processes. In doing so, the multifaceted contributions explore the wide spectrum of media for generating, evolving, and transmitting design and design-specific knowledge. Some of the presented instruments and practices, such as hand drawings, plans, sections, axonometries, language and models, are characterized by their significant meaning and wealth of collective traditions due to longstanding use. However, individual design acts and collective interactions in design processes show repeatedly how other media forms can be integrated in an enriching way into architectural conception. The focus is therefore also on exceptional approaches to architecture conception with photography, collage and tableau. Overarching features, as well as the characteristics of each specific interaction between tool, material and human agent are introduced and exemplified. Thus, the publication enables the reader to gain new perspectives on (not) everyday media of architectural creation and presents an architecture theory contribution to design practice.

SHAPING DESIGN expands the a_ku publication series on the topic of Reflexive Design and proves to be an inspiring dialogue partner to the book SIMPLY DESIGN. All publications are available via jovis.

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