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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 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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TACK Advisory Board

A warm welcome to Stefan Anspach, Wivina Demeester, Françoise Fromonot, Boris Brorman Jensen, Hilde Léon, and Caroline Van Eck, who accepted the invitation to become members of the TACK Advisory Board.

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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