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Report on MTC meeting

October 2020

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.

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Congratulations: Jhono Bennett among 200 Young South Africans

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.

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Happy one year TACK!

September 2019

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.

October 2019

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.

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Report from the TACK Talks

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.

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First AB-Meeting

During this meeting between the Advisory Board and the Supervisory Board, the Advisory Board members shared their interest in tacit knowledge in architecture, and also raised some open questions for the TACK-network to reflect upon.

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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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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.

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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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Spring-Report 2020

The past few months we have –finally, after many years of intense work amongst academic colleagues— witnessed the start of the TACK ITN. TACK was born from the conviction that more research was needed into one of the most central aspects of architectural design: tacit knowledge. We were happy to receive in the summer of 2019 the good news that we obtained an EU grant for a project which is unique in its kind in that offers no less than 10 young scholars the opportunity to simultaneously investigate the tacit dimensions of architecture. From a large group of interested people, we selected 10 candidates who in the forthcoming years are going to pursue a PhD within TACK. The first discussions between supervisors and PhD candidates have started, as well as the first research activities, and it is exciting to see how the project proposals that were submitted for the selection procedure are now further elaborated into full-fledged PhD projects.

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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: