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Open Access Publications of the TACK Network

The TACK Network has been very active in 2021! Many publications have been created by our Early Stage Researches which look deeply into several aspects of Tacit Knowledge in Architecture. You can find a detailed overview with links to the publications below.

‘Crackpot’ and ‘Dangerous’: On the authenticity of Miesian reproductions

by Hamish Longergan

This paper seeks to make sense of the multiplying reproductions of Mies van der Rohe’s work across art, architecture and conservation, and their conflicting claims to authenticity. Through Baudrillard’s notion of the simulacrum and Goodman’s distinction between autographic and allographic art, it frames these reproductions as one contested site in broader discussions of architecture’s relationship to authorship and authentic heritage.

The Royal National Theatre: From Architecture Review to TikTok

by Hamish Lonergan

The Royal National Theatre in London (1976), designed by Denys Lasdun, has attracted an unusually high volume of critical debate. Tracing the ways that critics have disagreed over time, particularly on aesthetic grounds, reveals the fluctuating fortunes of concrete Brutalist architecture beyond the theatre. This cycle has continued to inform discussion online, on social media platforms including TikTok. Ultimately, this essay argues that the only way to make sense of these conflicting accounts is to value the theatre for its capacity to generate critical, aesthetic judgments.

Three Cities and a Village with Jan Morris

by Hamish Lonergan

This essay explores the life and travel writing of Jan Morris through the places that she wrote about over her seventy-year career. It considers how individual subjectivity and biography, particularly queer identities and bodies, relates to our experience of cities. On a methodological level, the essay uses Morris’ writing to illuminate buildings (gender affirmation clinics, queer domestic spaces) and processes (decay, more-than-human relations) still often neglected by architectural history, while developing a writing approach that preserves her distinctive literary voice.

Federica Doglio in a dialogue with Mirko Zardini: A book interview on crises during a crisis

by Claudia Mainardi

This book is the result of a conversation conducted via webcam over the months of the Covid-19 lockdown between the author of the book, Federica Doglio, and Mirko Zardini: architect, author, curator, and director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal from 2003 to 2019. In little more than 120 pages and in low-cost paperback format, to be read anywhere by anyone who is living through the crisis, the author chooses to intervene as little as possible on the interview text so as to ensure a conversational tone, while picking out specific sections, the titles of which make it possible to introduce and better understand the various themes addressed.

Investigating the 21st Century Emerging Agencies: Codification of Architectural Epistemes, from Discourses to Practices

by Claudia Mainardi

Given the timeframe of the last 20 years, the research investigates the codification of diverse forms of tacit knowledge in architecture, its transfer, and translation from institutional narratives to principles and conventions that are crystallized in the everyday practice of selected design offices. Positioned into the lines of theories that see architecture as “a product” of a sociopolitical-economic condition, the aim is to understand how events that have occurred/ are occurring in current times influence the professional practice and, consequently, its code.

Kalderimi X2, Tzoumerka, Epirus: Paving the way for a new generation of craftspeople

by Ionas Sklavonous

This text provides an outline of a participatory project and an This text provides the outline of a participatory building project and an educational program which took place from September 9 to October 31 in 2019 in the mountainous area of Tzoumerka (Epirus, Greece). One of the main goals of this event was to re-introduce Greek and Balkan craftspeople to the almost forgotten traditional technique of kalderimi – a particular type of drystone cobbled pathway.

Presence, Presentation & Representation
Between Model Making and Mediation of Material in Architectural Practice during Covid-19

by Mara Trübenbach

The aim of this paper was to understand processes and dynamics in an architectural office in relation to new conceptualizations of the material with digital ethnography. In asking questions about the subject in the current pandemic context, the question of the media of such an enquiry was implicated in the thesis developed. The study hopes to create a platform for discussion around researching, observing and mediating material ¬– revising understanding as well as increasing material literacy – beyond Covid-19.

Aspectos da Conceituação do Trabalho em Marx: A Alienação como Abstração Concreta

by Eric Crevels

This paper reviews the philosophical fundaments involved in Marx’s conception of labour. Exploring the Hegelian notions of the concrete and the abstract in the so-called dialecticity of labour, the paper showcases their ontological importance for the concept’s formulation in Marx and proposes a comprehension of alienation based on the idea of the concrete abstraction, a phenomenon in which the universal and generic capitalist relations of production are projected and reified in reality.

The Tangible Presence of Human Labor in Architecture

by Eric Crevels

This essay aims to show that in many of the theories that fundament material culture and architectural experience, labor is implied in the constitution of material and, although seldom directly addressed, it is a determining dimension of materiality. From the Vitruvian and Renaissance treatises and Gottfried Semper to John Ruskin and the Art and Crafts Movement, the underlying presence of labor can be seen intertwined with materials whenever they are called into architectural discussion as sensorial arguments. Just like the physical qualities of materials, labor, skills and techniques are imprinted in the built environment and contribute to the creation of particular atmospheres.

Trabalho, Receituário e Alienação Na Arquitetura: Apontamentos Críticos à Prática Do Arquiteto

by Eric Crevels

The essay seeks to point out contemporary phenomena of decreasing autonomy by the alienation of everyday skills that, together with architectural drawing, promote the architects figure to that of an expert, thus immobilizing its practice in a heteronomous form. It exposes, with the critiques of Ivan Illich and Sérgio Ferro, how the architect’s practice contributes to the alienation and exploitation of the construction worker’s labour in detriment of the body-skill dialectics, which would allow for a closer relation between individual and society.