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Nomination of ESR Claudia Mainardi for the Italian Pavilion

Together with her design and research collective Fosbury Architecture (F.A.), Claudia Mainardi has been nominated to be the curator for the Italian pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2023 in Venice. The Biennale will be held from 20 May to 26 November 2023.

TACK congratulates Claudia on this amazing success!

You can read the full nomination report by the Italian Ministry of Culture on their website.

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TACK goes Under the Landscape

From Sunday 26 to Wednesday 29 June 2022, five members of the TACK network met on the islands of Santorini and Therasia (Cyclades, Greece), in the context of the Symposium Under the Landscape; an interdisciplinary colloquium aiming to explore different conceptions of the – increasingly topical – notion of landscape. This symposium was organized by ‘Boulouki – Itinerant Workshop on Traditional Building Techniques’ whose founding member Ionas Sklavounos, is a TACK doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp.

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Report on Antwerp Foundational Meeting – part II

by Ionas Sklavounos

On Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July 2022, the second part of the Antwerp Foundational Meeting was hosted at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. A few months ago, from 7 to 9 February, the first part of this meeting had been held online, aiming to assist the Early Stage Researchers in completing an extensive paper that will eventually form part of the final thesis. The second part, now held in person in the city of Antwerp, focused on consulting around the next steps of the Network while encouraging the informal exchange that only face-to-face meetings can offer. At the same time, it sought to introduce the TACK network to the Design Sciences Faculty of the University of Antwerp, to the city and its urban culture.

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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.


TACK UCL Report VALUES: Intermediate Meeting

Module 3: ‘Projective capacities of tacit knowledge: Contexts, Values and Reflexivity’

The Values Intermediate Meeting Module 3: ‘Projective capacities of tacit knowledge: Contexts, Values and Reflexivity’ took place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 22 Gordon Street in London and was hosted by the University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture within the Situating Tacit Knowledge Research Cluster.

Figure 1: Day 1 of the 3rd Intermediate Meeting
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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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‘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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Map of Mobility – A visualisation of research movement


[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