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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
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Insights from Architekturzentrum, Vienna 

On Wednesday 2 February 2022, the new permanent exhibition of the Architekturzentrum Wien, entitled ‘Hot Questions – Cold Storage’, opened its doors. Taking as its starting point the tension between the apparent inertia of archival material, resting in a suburban Vienna depot, and the difficult matters that – when raised – can make this archive speak, the exhibition presents a panorama of Vienna’s architectural production, from the turn of the last century to this day. Here is a scene from the realm of ‘Cold storage’, and the process of photographing the models now on display at the Museumsquartier.

Ionas Sklavounos

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TACK Talk #3 – Concepts of Authorship in Architecture

The next TACK Talk on “Authorship in Architecture” will be held in Vienna on Monday 21th March 2022, 7pm CEST by Prof. Dr. Christoph Grafe and Prof. Dr. Peg Rawes.

Watch this talk live on Youtube.

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Experimental Diagrams in Architecture: Construction and Design Manual

The Book “Experimental Diagrams in Architecture: Construction and Design Manual” has just been printed. It contains a contribution by Claudia Mainardi which you can download here:

Gasperoni_Experimental Diagrams_DOM_2022_Mainardi

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Report on Antwerp Foundational Meeting

The Third Foundational Course hosted online by the University of Antwerp (ANT) launched the third and final year of the TACK program as well as the training axis “Projective Capacities of Tacit Knowledge.” Themed “Writing from the Middle” this meeting organized by Professor Lara Schrijver aimed to address the gaps and uncertainties in the developing research projects of the ten ESRs, towards the completion of (a first draft of) their thesis. Due to the pandemic, the colloquium was prepared through zoom meetings in which professors and ESRs had the opportunity to jointly formulate its objectives and structure. The emphasis on the progress of the research projects was reflected in the deliverables. These were an annotated table of contents of the thesis on the one hand, and a draft chapter on the other. The Reader that accompanies this meeting resulted from the compilation of these documents.

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Open Access Publications of the TACK Network

The TACK Network has been very active in 2021! Many publications have been created by our Early Stage Researches which look deeply into several aspects of Tacit Knowledge in Architecture. You can find a detailed overview with links to the publications below.

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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

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

TACK_ANT Program Foundational Course

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Some Impressions of the Venice Architecture Biennale

On the weekend of the 20th and 21th November five ESRs of the TACK Network organised a private trip to the finissage of the Biennale in Venice. We have gathered some of their reflections and impressions.

Paula Strunden, Hamish Lonergan, Anna Livia Vorsel, Eric Crevels and Caendia Wijnbelt