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Map of Mobility – A visualisation of research movement


Gennaro Postiglione

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May 22, 2022


Gennaro Postiglione initiated the idea of a “TACK Map” and shares with us his thoughts on the map showing the research movement of the TACK doctoral students.

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.