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.
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:
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.
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