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2nd Intermediate Meeting

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.

The second intermediate meeting invited the TACK network to digitally join The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and to contribute to insightful discussions on Module 3 ‘On Media: Descriptions, Details, Delineations’. The doctoral students, supervisors, advisory board and cultural institutes all participated in this well-organized three-day online event.

Similar to the first intermediate meeting, the course was preceded by a series of informal preparatory online lectures. We, the doctoral students (ESRs), received lectures on writing of research proposals on the one hand, and mediation in architecture on the other. In addition, a reading list on media was discussed by our doctoral student reading club, which meets on a weekly basis.

On the first day, the participants were divided into breakout rooms in order to enable a fruitful discussion on the 15-minute presentations of the individual ESRs. The ESRs presented their project proposal, and comments and questions of the co-supervisors and supervisors followed, such as how could methods lead to an overall structure of project-structure. Following this first session, Dr. Matthew Wells, an architectural historian based at ETH Zürich, gave a keynote lecture on ‘Model Speaking’.

The second day started with an hour-long discussion on Matthew Well’s keynote. The ESRs and supervisors were then accompanied by the TACK Advisory Board members and split into three parallel sessions of six to seven people. During these break-out sessions, a chosen detail of the project proposal was presented by each ESR and commented on by the Advisory Board members, which helped the doctoral students to communicate their dissertation project to a broader audience. The day concluded with a common session on the issue of vectors of communication, their potential and how investigating them informs the various projects. This session also provided the opportunity to give feedback on the previous two days of training.

On the last day, the ESRs, the graphic designer Johnny Chang and the organization team of the second intermediate meeting reflected on the nature of the TACK Konvolutt reader and the TACK archive. We discussed what an archive is and can do by displaying examples of how to collectively assemble research material e.g. glossary, key terms and collective vocabulary that could later create a structure of the TACK collection. A first outcome of the discussion serves for the TACK Reader that will be presented at the next foundational course session, which will take place in the spring of 2021 in Wuppertal, which we all hope to attend in person.

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1st Intermediate Meeting

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:

Last week, the TACK network joined us digitally here in Stockholm for the intermediate meeting Frames of Tacit Knowledge: Methods. The meeting stretched over two days, and brought together all the doctoral students, as well as the network’s supervisory board, advisory board and non-academic partners through a matrix of structured and well-organized zoom links.

Prior to the meeting, Tim Anstey, Helena Mattsson and Jennifer Mack gave a series of lectures online, covering the annotation and review, the archive, and the ‘working in the field’, opening up great discussions around methods and their application in our research.

During the first day of the intermediate meeting, we saw ten-minute presentations of all doctoral research projects, addressing our “object(s) of research” and methods concerning the notion of tacit knowledge. The presentations were a great opportunity to familiarize ourselves with each other’s research and made visible for the first time, where our projects strongly overlap, interlink and differ. In concluding the day of presentations, Tom Avermaete pointed to, how our projects collectively begin to articulate particular questions around tacit knowledge– specifically on its substance and performance.

The second day took the form of a series of workshop in smaller groups, across the clusters which involved the doctoral students and their supervisors. In the first, we (the doctoral students) presented documentations of site-visits alongside annotated literature addressing specific methods, also highlighting how our projects link across and in-between the clusters. The second workshop addressed questions of a collective TACK archive: what it could hold, where it could be, what structure it could have etc. Despite all of us being physically dispersed at this meeting, a sense of collective knowledge within the network starting to form was made visible in our conversations and discussions during these two days. I look forward to continuing the discussion in Oslo in the autumn.

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Preparations for the 1st Intermediate Meeting have started!

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.

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1st Foundational Course: 10 PhD students started!

In front of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam from left to right: Prof. Klaske Havik, Hamish Lonergan, Jhono Bennett, Anna Livia Vorsel, Ionas Sklavounos, Caendia Wynbelt, Mara Trübenbach, Eric Crevels, Paula Strunden and Claudia Mainardi and Filippo Catapan who joined virtually. © TACK

Ten PhD students started their TACK research on 1st March 2020 in 10 different universities. They met for the first time during the first Foundational Course meeting in The Netherlands. Here is a short report from the PhDs on the Foundational Course:

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First Foundational Course Session

This first foundational course session marks the start of the first training axis of the TACK network, which is entitled “Approaching Tacit Knowledge”. This training axis consists of three modules, which focus respectively on Matters, Methods and Media. During these three modules, PhD candidates will work on a joint product, an extended reader, which we call Konvolutt (envelope, cover, or “something being knotted together”). The Konvolutt is at the core of this training axis, and is seen as an organically developing common ground that the PhD candidates compile through a series of workshops, discussions and readings.

To download the full program for the first foundational course session, please click on the link below:

Horizons of Tacit Knowledge: Matters program

To download the reader for the first foundational course session, please click on the link below:

Horizons of Tacit Knowledge: Matters reader