training meetings

3rd Intermediate Meeting

The 3rd intermediate meeting at POLIMI took place online between 3rd May 2021 and 5th May 2021. Claudia Mainardi, ESR based in Milano, has written a brief report on the event.

Last week, from May 3rd to 5th, the TACK network gathered digitally in Milan for the intermediate meeting on Codes of Tacit knowledge as part of the Training Axis 2: Probing Tacit Knowledge. The doctoral students and the network’s supervisory board, joined by guest discussants, participated in three days of reflections and discussions thanks to a well-organized online schedule.

As preparation for the meeting, Gaia Caramellino and Gennaro Postiglione have previously organized a series of introductory public lectures with the aim to define a theoretical and methodological framework taking the Milanese architecture cultures of the ‘50es as privilege ground of investigation.

The first day opened with a kick-off public lecture by Onsitestudio titled Codes and Practices in Post-War Milan, followed by the workshop presentation that took place two days after.

On Tuesday, May 4, after a welcome from the Dean of the school followed by a lecture titled Design Driven Research: between Open and Tacit Knowledge held by Alessandro Rocca (Polimi PhD-Program coordinator), the ESRs presented their assignment: a fanzine capable of analyzing and conceptualizing some crucial tacit aspects of the practice-based secondment experience as meta-operative activity typical of research-by-design.

Each ESR presented its own fanzine in 15 minutes, followed by a collective discussion with the guest discussants (in the persons of Alessandro Rocca and Onsistestudio’s principals: Angelo Lunati and Giancarlo Floridi).

The last day was dedicated to a group work workshop coordinated and organized by Onsitestudio. After a morning virtual tour around Milan led by Angelo Lunati and Giancarlo Floridi, the ESRs have been divided into two big groups, each focusing on an urban situation made of a couple of Milanese buildings defined a-priori.

Despite the little knowledge one could have on the specificities of the case studies, the exercise aimed to foster a reflection on how existing architectural codes have been tacitly transmitted within the specific Milanese postwar milieu. The day ended with the ESRs presenting the workshop findings in conversation with the guest discussants, followed by a final wrap-up session commenting on the three fruitful days spent together and first ideas on the next appointment in Vienna.