After its insightful inauguration, asking architectural practitioners “How do we know?”, the Communities of Tacit Knowledge network is pleased to announce the second round of the TACK Talks. “How to? A guide through knowing” is a call to further explore the tacit dimension of knowledge, focusing on the interplay between culture and professional practice, investigating how knowledge is identified, communicated and produced in their relationship and its reflection on society.
This module focuses on how the tacit dimension of design practice generates a particular kind of knowledge that cannot be obtained through other methods of knowledge production. Certain aspects of the built environment, such as those relating to artistic and perceptual dimensions, but also those relating to everyday and informal use, seem to be addressed more adequately by tacit methods of transmitting knowledge. Through concrete case studies –architectural projects or architectural practices— the ESRs will learn about the heuristic capacities, as well as limitations, of tacit knowledge.
Programme Initiation meeting 9 February 2021 (online)
10.00 introducing Probing Tacit Knowledge, Christoph Grafe (BUW) 10.15 Probing Practices Gaia Caramellino/Gennaro Postiglione (Polimi), Christoph Grafe (BUW), Angelika Schnell/ Eva Sommeregger (ABKW) 12.30 ESR discussions (Part 1) Probing communities of practice 4 short statements 13.30 Lunch break 14.00 ESR discussions (Part 2) Probing communities of practice 6 short statements 15.40 Presentation of a reader + collective bibliography by the ESRs 16.00 Supervisory board – Executive Committee 17.30 Conclusion
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.
On 16th and 17th October 2020, the Mid-term Check Meeting for the TACK project took place in the digital space due to the ongoing pandemic. EU-Project Officer Eleni Deligianni, responsible for TACK at the Research Executive Agency (REA), joined the network for two consecutive days, to engage in a constructive dialogue with the network participants about the project’s milestones, fellows and challenges to date.
Jhono Bennett, ESR at UCL, gives us an insight about his award:
“The South African Mail & Guardian is a multi-award winning digital and print publication that focusses on political analysis, investigative reporting, Southern African news, local arts, music and popular culture. Each year the editorial board selects 200 Young South Africans (under 35) who they consider to be the most influential leaders in their sector for that year.
The project is officially launched with a kick-off meeting at ETH Zürich on 26/27th September 2020, attended by all academic partners. This month, also the Consortium Agreement is signed by all partners and the draft website goes live on 23rd September.
The call for PhD candidates is launched on 8th October 2020 through various platform, including EAHN, SAH, AHRA, and EURAXESS. Later this month a web-developer is commissioned to build the official TACK website, and Korinna Weber joins the TACK team as project manager.
Hamish Lonergan the doctoral student working with Tom Avermaete and Janina Gosseye on the TACK project in Zurich, has written a brief reflection on the Talks:
“What sort of tacit knowledge can we glean on Zoom, when so much architectural literature on the tacit insists on prolonged physical interaction? The answer is a great deal, going by the first series of TACK Talks. Across 9 online lectures, 9 practices, 14 designers, 10 ESR respondents, 3 moderators and a weekly audience of between 85 and an astonishing 535 viewers, the TACK network joined together to tackle a deceptively simple question: ‘how do we know?’. Their responses reveal the breadth of experience and depth of reflective thinking in the network, already establishing key themes in how we conceive tacit knowledge.
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.
This meeting was organised by Professor Helena Mattson and Associate Professor Jennifer Mack from KTH Stockholm, who worked closely together with Professor Tim Anstey (from AHO) and Professor Klaske Havik (from TUDelft), who are also part of the ‘Approaching Tacit Knowledge’ training axis team. Anna Livia Vørsel, the doctoral student working with Helena Mattsson and Jennifer Mack on the TACK project in Stockholm, has written a brief reflection on what were an intensive two days:
KTH is hosting the 1st Intermediate Meeting (16-17 June 2020). Due to the ongoing pandemic the meeting will take place via videoconferencing and remote workshops. The ‘Frames’ module will focus on the methods that are available within the discipline of architecture to investigate tacit knowledge. The field of architecture has a long tradition of analytical methods. Too often, however, have these methods focussed on explicit and theory-based modes of knowledge dissemination. In recent years, there have been several experiments, amongst others informed by insights from the field of actor-network-theory, but also within the domain of architecture itself, to develop analytical methods adapted to the tacit dimensions of the discipline. In this module, ESRs will learn to develop experimental investigative approaches, which they will position in relation to the historical horizon of existing architectural research methods.