The second Foundational meeting of the TACK research network took place from October 12th to 16th in Wuppertal. The program of the week was organized by Christoph Grafe together with the team of the agt chair of theory and history of architecture of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal. After one year and a half of virtual encounters on Zoom, the meeting was the first occasion to finally meet all in person: a great opportunity of exchange not only for researchers and supervisors, but also for the many guests, non-academic partners and members of the advisory board who joined the intense program of activities of the week.
This month we celebrate the 2nd year anniversary of the TACK project. In honour of this occasion, we take a look back at the milestones that have been achieved thus far, in the form of a logbook.
Over the last two weeks, 6th -17th September, 10 TACK ESRs and 7 external participants converged on Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) in Rotterdam for the TACK summer school, “Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge: 20th Century Architecture Summer Schools”. The summer school was organised by the ESR based at ETH Zurich, Hamish Lonergan, as the outcome of his secondment at HNI, under the supervision of Dirk van den Heuvel (HNI and TU Delft), Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich) and Janina Gosseye (TU Delft). “Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge” explored the tacit knowledge of summer schools themselves through a set of experimental research methods including fictocriticism, performance and re-enactment.
Paula Strunden, one of the ESRs in the TACK network, will present her work at Archizoom, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in the exhibition “Database, Network, Interface: The Architecture of Information”, which will open from September 27th until December 7th. On the occasion of the exhibition, Paula Strunden will give a lecture on November 8th where she will present VR’s potential beyond its visual territory and explains how it could be used to explore the multimodal and syn-aesthetic nature of spatial experiences.
For more information about the exhibition: https://memento.epfl.ch/event/exhibition-database-network-interface-the-architec/
For more information about the lecture: https://memento.epfl.ch/event/paula-strunden-multisensory-interfaces/
Over intensive two weeks, participants from within and outside the TACK network have examined the tacit knowledge of summer schools themselves, activating their archives through a set of experimental research methods including re-enactment, performance and fictocriticism.
Groups will perform their re-enactments of one summer school, the International Laboratory for Architecture and Urbanism (ILAUD), sharing drawings, photographs, texts and dialogues “in character” as the schools and educators of the early years of ILAUD. They will explore the social, embodied and often-unconscious tacit knowledge at play in this international and intergenerational experiment in architectural education.
The TACK summer school is a collaboration between the TACK network and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. Members of both organisations will offer feedback to the participations. To watch the livestream, follow the link in our bio.
Archival Ways of Knowing
09 September 2021, 19h30-21h00
What sort of tacit, embodied and social knowledge can we find in an archive? How can we activate that knowledge? What even constitutes an archive in architecture? And is there a craft to archiving itself? Join us as we discuss these questions and more with Albena Yaneva, who will present research on the tacit knowledge of archiving from her recent book Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy.
Livestream link : Het Nieuwe Instituut Online
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.
Margitta Buchert, academic partner of the TACK research project, edited the new a_ku publication ‘Intentions of Reflexive Design’:
How do intentions enroll into the practice of architecture and landscape design and research? How do they become operative to orientate, clarify, and energize the creative process, and in what ways do they inform design and knowledge processes?
In July, two online roundtables will bring together staff and students from Witswatersrand University and UCL to share and discuss work-in-progress on transformational decolonial urbanism. Jhono Benett, one of the ESRs in the TACK network, will be presenting at this occasion, on the afternoons of the 7th and 8th.
From July 2nd to July 5th, a few members of the TACK network will be participating at the 5th biennial conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, that will be held at Monte Verità, in Switzerland. “The Real and the Ideal” of public space will be discussed by Tom Avermaete, as part of the scientific committee, and by Filippo Cattapan and Ionas Sklavounos, two ESRs who will each give a lecture respectively entitled “Between realistic description and ideal depiction: The representation of urban space at the time of humanism” and “Notes on the ‘city-oeuvre’ in the age of (intelligent) products”.