TACK Talks training meetings

‘From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing’

Prof. Dr. Jane Rendell, UCL will give a keynote talk ‘From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing: Approaches to Architectural Research and Pedagogy’ at the 5th Intermediate Meeting of the TACK network.

Watch this Talk live on Youtube!

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Third Foundational Course Session

The module ‘Projective capacities of tacit knowledge’ seeks to develop new theoretical concepts and new heuristic approaches to examine how tacit knowledge is understood in architectural practice and how it can be made explicit and communicated. It investigates how value-systems that are inherent to specific cultural contexts (for instance concerning the public role of the architect) affect the perception and reception of tacit knowledge in architecture, and examines how self-reflexivity can sharpen the understanding of the functioning of tacit knowledge.

The module program structures the third year of the the TACK project and aims to provide guidance in developing the research and completing a (draft) dissertation. The organization of the module aims to ensure sufficient time for in-depth discussion of the gaps and uncertainties in the research development, as well as the challenges facing the ESR in completing the work.

To aid in this process of delving further into the research, the collection of PhD work accompanying the ANT foundational will be structured explicitly as a ‘work-in-progress’, encouraging the ESRs to articulate the questions, dilemmas and uncertainties of their research.

Monday, 7 February 2022 : Initiation Meeting
Venue: UAntwerp city campus, Hof Van Liere (Prinsstraat 13, Antwerpen)

09:00-12:30 Presentation Secondments
14:00-15:30 PhD Session I
16:00-17:30 PhD Session II
17:30-18:00 Wrap-up

Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Venue: Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi) / De Singel

09:00-10:30 PhD Session III
PhD Session IV
14:00-15:30 PhD Session V
15:30-16:00 Wrap-up
16:30-18:30 Supervisory Board

Wednesday, 9 February
Venue: UAntwerp Faculty of Design Sciences (Mutsaardstraat 31, Antwerpen)

09:00-13:00 Workshop ‘Publishing from/with the PhD’
14:00-17:00 Ethic Seminar PhDs

Thursday, 10 February
Venue: UAntwerp Faculty of Design Sciences (Mutsaardstraat 31, Antwerpen)

09:30-10:00 Intro with Guest Presentations (Lara Schrijver, Inge Bertels)
10:30-11:30 Discussion on afternoon
11:30-12:30 Wrap-Up with Caroline van Eck / Françoise Fromonot
14:00-15:30 Faculty Exhibition Visit (on Jan Thomaes, Jan Meersman, Geert Driesen, Krys Mys, Dirk Janssen)
16:00-18:00 Public Event: Presentation of Architects

Friday, 11 October
Venue: Excursions Antwerp

10:00-14:00 Choice of two options in Antwerp
Excursion to Eilandje (Harbour Redevelopment 1990s/00s)
Excursion to Plantin-Moretus Museum (on printing and publishing)

Visiting addresses

University of Antwerp
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Friday, 1 July
Venue: UAntwerp Faculty of Design Sciences (Mutsaardstraat 13, Antwerpen)

09:00-09:30 Intro by Lara Schrijver
10:00-12:30 Website / Digital Publication (Helen Thomas)
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Preliminary conversation TACK X ANT (10 ESRs, 4 Antwerp professors)
15:30-17:00 Public Event: Antwerp Architects/Professors Geert Driesen, Dirk Janssen, Jan Meersman, Kris Mys in conversation with
18.30 Dinner

Saturday, 2 July
Venue: UAntwerp city campus (CST, buildings A, C)

09:30-11:00 Discussion Secondments (advisory board + secondment partners + ESRs)
11:30-12:00 On Final Exhibition 2023 (Tom Avermaete)
12:00-14:00 Lunch Sessions
14:00-15:30 PhD talks (parallel sessions with informal presentations)
16:00-17:30 Life after PhD: teaching/post-doc/practice/other (plenary)
17:30-18:00 Wrap-Up
18.30 Dinner

Sunday, 3 July

10:00-14:00 social program – excursions in Antwerp (tbc: Cadixwijk / Plantin Moretus museum)
14:00 Vlaams Architectuurinstituut (guided) exhibition visit

To download the kick-off programme, please click on the link below:

TACK_ANT Program Foundational Course

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4th Intermediate Meeting

The 4th intermediate meeting at ABKW took place online between 28th June 2021 and 30th June 2021. Paula Strunden, ESR based in Vienna, has written a brief report on the event.

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3rd Intermediate Meeting

The 3rd intermediate meeting at POLIMI took place online between 3rd May 2021 and 5th May 2021. Claudia Mainardi, ESR based in Milano, has written a brief report on the event.

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Second Foundational Course Session

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.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 : Initiation Meeting

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

Tuesday, 12 October
Venue: Campus Haspel, University Of Wuppertal

12.30 Lunch (optional)
14.00 Welcome
14.30 Short presentations of the ESR projects (candidates/supervisors) to AB/non-academic partners
17.00 Exhibition opening: “Cologne XX, a Multifaceted Architectural Culture”
17.30 Individual transfer hotel
18.15 Promenade de Wuppertal – guided tour to a city of wonders
19.30 Dinner

Wednesday, 13 October
Venue: Sculpture Park Waldfrieden
Strategy: ESRs, Advisory Board, non-Academic Partners, Academic Partners

09:00 Supervisory Board Meeting
10:45 Introduction
11:00 Parallel tables: intentions and methods
12:45 Reporting session
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Plenary meeting: positions and pitches
15:45 Coffee break
16:30 Round-up
18.00 Apéro
18.30 Dinner

Thursday, 14 October
Venues: Campus Haspel, University Of Wuppertal (morning);
Utopiastadt Mirker Bahnhof, Wuppertal (afternoon)

09:00 Individual publication trajectories – publishers, editors
13:00 Lunch
14.00 Transfer to Utopiastadt Mirker Bahnhof, Wuppertal
14.30 Finding/ Speaking to an audience: publicists, cultural institutions, curators, journalists
18.00 Apéro
18.30 Dinner
20:00 Architecture: Tacit Knowledge for Transforming Cities in a Diverse Society (Public Event)
22.00 Ballo della Valle (optional, subject to health situation)

Friday, 15 October
Venue: Ungers Archiv Für Architekturwissenschaft, Cologne

09:00 Workshop archives @Ungers-archive
13:30 Touring Colonia Agrippina: œuvres a community of masters and mistresses
(Riphahn, Schwarz, Stefann, Bienefeld, Ungers and others)

Saturday, 16 October
Extra excursion

10:00 Tour du Rhin et de Berg:
10:30 Pilgrimage Church Neviges (Gottfried Böhm)
12:00 Lange and Esters Houses Krefeld (Mies)
13:00 Samtweberei Krefeld (Montagstiftungen)
15:00 Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (Hollein)

Travel options

Krefeld Central Station (frequent connections to Cologne and Dusseldorf)
Mönchengladbach (connection to Venlo/Eindhoven; frequent connections to
The bus will return to Wuppertal.

Links for more information

Gottfried Böhm: Mariendom Neviges
Mies van der Rohe: Haus Lange
Samtweberei (content in german only)
Hans Hollein: Museum Abteiberg

Visiting addresses

BUW Campus Haspel
Haspeler Straße 27
42285 Wuppertal

Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden
Hirschstraße 12
42285 Wuppertal

Utopiastadt (Mirker Bahnhof)
Mirker Straße 48
42105 Wuppertal

Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft
Belvederestraße 60
D-50933 Köln

To download the kick-off programme, please click on the link below:

Programme Initiation meeting

To download the reader, please click on the link below:

Practices of Tacit Knowledge: reader

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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.

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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:

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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 Wijnbelt, 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 worked 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