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Insight on secondment

Throughout their doctoral training, nine of the ten early stage researchers (ESR) involved in the TACK network will spend a total of ten months performing two part-time secondments. The first one of these, which, for most TACK ESRs started a few months or weeks ago, is the ‘practice-based secondment’. During these practice-based secondments, the ESRs are based at the premises of the architectural offices involved in the network. Here, we share a few impressions written by those who have already embarked on their practice-based secondment:

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Second Foundational Course Session

This module focuses on how the tacit dimension of design practice generates a particular kind of knowledge that cannot be obtained through other methods of knowledge production. Certain aspects of the built environment, such as those relating to artistic and perceptual dimensions, but also those relating to everyday and informal use, seem to be addressed more adequately by tacit methods of transmitting knowledge. Through concrete case studies –architectural projects or architectural practices— the ESRs will learn about the heuristic capacities, as well as limitations, of tacit knowledge.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 : Initiation Meeting

10.00 Introducing “Probing Tacit Knowledge”, Christoph Grafe (BUW)
10.15 Probing Practices
Gaia Caramellino/Gennaro Postiglione (Polimi), Christoph Grafe (BUW), Angelika Schnell/ Eva Sommeregger (ABKW)
12.30 ESR discussions (Part 1)
Probing communities of practice, 4 short statements
13.30 Lunch break
14.00 ESR discussions (Part 2)
Probing communities of practice, 6 short statements
15.40 Presentation of a reader + collective bibliography by the ESRs
16.00 Supervisory board – Executive Committee
17.30 Conclusion

Tuesday, 12 October
Venue: Campus Haspel, University Of Wuppertal

12.30 Lunch (optional)
14.00 Welcome
14.30 Short presentations of the ESR projects (candidates/supervisors) to AB/non-academic partners
17.00 Exhibition opening: “Cologne XX, a Multifaceted Architectural Culture”
17.30 Individual transfer hotel
18.15 Promenade de Wuppertal – guided tour to a city of wonders
19.30 Dinner

Wednesday, 13 October
Venue: Sculpture Park Waldfrieden
Strategy: ESRs, Advisory Board, non-Academic Partners, Academic Partners

09:00 Supervisory Board Meeting
10:45 Introduction
11:00 Parallel tables: intentions and methods
12:45 Reporting session
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Plenary meeting: positions and pitches
15:45 Coffee break
16:30 Round-up
18.00 Apéro
18.30 Dinner

Thursday, 14 October
Venues: Campus Haspel, University Of Wuppertal (morning);
Utopiastadt Mirker Bahnhof, Wuppertal (afternoon)

09:00 Individual publication trajectories – publishers, editors
13:00 Lunch
14.00 Transfer to Utopiastadt Mirker Bahnhof, Wuppertal
14.30 Finding/ Speaking to an audience: publicists, cultural institutions, curators, journalists
18.00 Apéro
18.30 Dinner
20:00 Architecture: Tacit Knowledge for Transforming Cities in a Diverse Society (Public Event)
22.00 Ballo della Valle (optional, subject to health situation)

Friday, 15 October
Venue: Ungers Archiv Für Architekturwissenschaft, Cologne

09:00 Workshop archives @Ungers-archive
13:30 Touring Colonia Agrippina: œuvres a community of masters and mistresses
(Riphahn, Schwarz, Stefann, Bienefeld, Ungers and others)

Saturday, 16 October
Extra excursion

10:00 Tour du Rhin et de Berg:
10:30 Pilgrimage Church Neviges (Gottfried Böhm)
12:00 Lange and Esters Houses Krefeld (Mies)
13:00 Samtweberei Krefeld (Montagstiftungen)
15:00 Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (Hollein)

Travel options

Krefeld Central Station (frequent connections to Cologne and Dusseldorf)
Mönchengladbach (connection to Venlo/Eindhoven; frequent connections to
The bus will return to Wuppertal.

Links for more information

Gottfried Böhm: Mariendom Neviges
Mies van der Rohe: Haus Lange
Samtweberei (content in german only)
Hans Hollein: Museum Abteiberg

Visiting addresses

BUW Campus Haspel
Haspeler Straße 27
42285 Wuppertal

Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden
Hirschstraße 12
42285 Wuppertal

Utopiastadt (Mirker Bahnhof)
Mirker Straße 48
42105 Wuppertal

Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft
Belvederestraße 60
D-50933 Köln

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

Programme Initiation meeting

To download the reader, please click on the link below:

Practices of Tacit Knowledge: reader

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2nd Intermediate Meeting

This meeting was organized by Professor Tim Anstey from AHO in Oslo, who worked closely together with the training axis team ‘Approaching Tacit Knowledge’ Professor Helena Mattson, Associate Professor Jennifer Mack (both from KTH Stockholm) and Professor Klaske Havik (from TUDelft). Mara Trübenbach, the doctoral student working on the TACK project with Tim Anstey on the TACK project in Oslo, has written a brief reflection on the gathering.

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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:

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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.