The second round of the TACK Talks entitled “How to? A guide through knowing” took place online between 11 March 2021 and 08 April 2021. Three ESRs have written brief reports on the talks.
How to? A guide through knowing
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.
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.
How do we know?
Design projects commonly emerge from collaborations between designers, makers (builders, crafts(wo)men etc.), clients and a variety of experts, including social scientists, commercial, economic or technical advisors, critics and heritage consultants. This extended design team is thus composed of individuals with various backgrounds, different professional assumptions and varying perspectives of expertise. Architecture operates at the intersection of knowledge domains (arts, humanities, social sciences, applied technology) and has the capacity to create new solutions and perspectives based on its inherently synergetic knowledge production. So, architectural designs are the result of complex and occasionally conflicting sets of requirements that can only be reconciled through processes of negotiation between different disciplines and different fields of knowledge. These negotiations imply forms of synergetic thinking, which often rely on implicit common understandings, or tacit knowledge.