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Bridging architectural knowledge and lived experience through apprenticeship

Author / Creator

Ionas Sklavounos

supervised by

Lara Schrijver


University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, Department of Architecture

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March 23, 2023
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Module Aims

  • To introduce the concept of “indwelling” as a key term for tacit knowledge in architecture
  • To elaborate on Michael Polanyi’s idea of a “heuristic tension” and demonstrate its central role in architectural knowledge
  • To present fundamental patterns of activity that trigger this tension, through the study of apprenticeship schemes and hands-on workshops in traditional building
  • To trace new directions of research on the “heuristic tension of indwelling” in the intersection of architectural theory and practice