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TACK Talk #3 – Final Lecture

Prof. Dr. Tim Ainsworth Anstey – Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Prof. Dr. Jennifer Mack – KTH Stockholm will give the fifth and final lecture of the TACK Talks #3 series.

Watch the Lecture live on our Youtube.

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Communities of tacit knowledge and Antwerp architecture

Friday, 1 July 15:30 (CEST)

Join us for a conversation on the intersection of architectural practice, education and research.

For this dialogue, we have invited Geert DriesenDirk JanssenJan Meersman and Kris Mys, who are lifelong practitioners with a strong reputation in the architectural scene of Flanders as well as eminent professors of architectural design at the Faculty of Design Sciences. They will show some of the key moments in their work, as a starting point for a conversation with young and promising researchers of the TACK network. These researchers, who have been investigating tacit knowledge and implicit values in the field of architecture, will respond to these works in order to explore the impact of design, images, thinking and craft.

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Map of Mobility – A visualisation of research movement

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[Gennaro Postiglione initiated the idea of a “TACK Map” and shares with us his thoughts on the produced map.]

The decision to produce a TACK Map of ESRs’ mobility was taken with a twofold ambition. First, to visualise their movements across Europe and beyond as they engage in research, field work, conferences and lectures, and second, to demonstrate how their individual activities are strongly connected to each other. The map clearly shows how the paths of the different TACK ESRs continuously intertwine, thus providing evidence of the efforts of the TACK Consortium to foster a community of researchers as a foundational element for investigating “Communities of Tacit Knowledge in Architecture”. The activity of the TACK ESRs’, as the map shows, illustrates how the ambitions of the project so far have been achieved, with a richness of connections and cross-overs going far beyond what was initially imagined, or even deemed possible given the restrictions imposed at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The map also records the creation of more individual circles of knowledge per ESR, resulting from their intense engagement in research and dissemination activities. Thus, TACK is expanding its Community of Knowledge and building a future research network. Last but not least, the map also shows some ‘blind spots’. Some countries in Europe that have traditionally had a strong influence on architecture history theory and design, such as France, Spain and Portugal have been left out. Perhaps during the last year of the project, we could pay closer attention to opportunities arising in these areas, to further expand our Community of Knowledge.

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Infra-thin and Infrastructure

A discussion in the context of the exhibition Conditions and Frameworks: Infrastructure as Form and Medium with Paula Strunden, Angelika Schnell, Sabeth Buchmann and Martin Beck in Vienna.

In her PhD thesis Simulating Atmospheres: How to digitize multisensory and embodied spatial perception in architecture, Paula Strunden traces the space between virtual and physical experience, starting from the concept of infra-thin coined by artist Marcel Duchamp. With Angelika Schnell, who is supervising her PhD thesis, as well as Sabeth Buchmann and Martin Beck, Paula Strunden will discuss her research and its connection to the infrastructure discussion, including Keller Easterling’s understanding of infrastructure as an active form.

The event is in English and will take place on 13 May 2022 at 18h–19h. Address: Schillerplatz 3, 1. floor, 1010 Vienna.

More information here.

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Being an in-house researcher at the VAi

[Eric Crevels tells us about his time at the VAi where he was seconded to between September 2021 and January 2022.]

A little bit of auto-ethnography.  

It was an aesthetical estrangement, when looking at the pictures of the 78+ finished prototype and finding the proportion of the beams to be a bit off, that led me to think about how the system is actually a bit materially inefficient. Given the modular nature of the square frames, the beams of the system are always doubled in the building’s interior, which adds the necessity of another piece of timber filling the gap between them. All things considered, the now tripled beam solution turns the structure into an overshoot of structural capacity that, evidently, is not very economical.  

78+ Prototype, Vlaams Architectuurinstituut, Photographed by Eric Crevels
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Insights from Architekturzentrum, Vienna 

On Wednesday 2 February 2022, the new permanent exhibition of the Architekturzentrum Wien, entitled ‘Hot Questions – Cold Storage’, opened its doors. Taking as its starting point the tension between the apparent inertia of archival material, resting in a suburban Vienna depot, and the difficult matters that – when raised – can make this archive speak, the exhibition presents a panorama of Vienna’s architectural production, from the turn of the last century to this day. Here is a scene from the realm of ‘Cold storage’, and the process of photographing the models now on display at the Museumsquartier.

Ionas Sklavounos

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TACK Talk #3 – Concepts of Authorship in Architecture

The next TACK Talk on “Authorship in Architecture” will be held in Vienna on Monday 21th March 2022, 7pm CEST by Prof. Dr. Christoph Grafe and Prof. Dr. Peg Rawes.

Watch this talk live on Youtube.

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Experimental Diagrams in Architecture: Construction and Design Manual

The Book “Experimental Diagrams in Architecture: Construction and Design Manual” has just been printed. It contains a contribution by Claudia Mainardi which you can download here:

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Report on Antwerp Foundational Meeting

The Third Foundational Course hosted online by the University of Antwerp (ANT) launched the third and final year of the TACK program as well as the training axis “Projective Capacities of Tacit Knowledge.” Themed “Writing from the Middle” this meeting organized by Professor Lara Schrijver aimed to address the gaps and uncertainties in the developing research projects of the ten ESRs, towards the completion of (a first draft of) their thesis. Due to the pandemic, the colloquium was prepared through zoom meetings in which professors and ESRs had the opportunity to jointly formulate its objectives and structure. The emphasis on the progress of the research projects was reflected in the deliverables. These were an annotated table of contents of the thesis on the one hand, and a draft chapter on the other. The Reader that accompanies this meeting resulted from the compilation of these documents.

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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.