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Retracing Visual and Formal Migrations of Tacit Knowledge within Communities of Practice


Filippo Cattapan

supervised by

Christoph Grafe


Bergische Universität Wuppertal, School of Architecture and Building Engineering

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April 8, 2023

Module Aims

Aim of the module is to operatively reflect on the visual dimension of tacit knowledge in architecture.

Key epistemological framework will be the interpretation of images proposed by Leroi-Gourhan in his ‘Gesture and Speech’, as aesthetic, social and cultural tools.

The ‘iconological panel’ used by Aby Warburg for his ‘Atlas Mnemosyne’ will be the proposed tool to address such visual knowledge in research purposes.

The seminar and exhibition ‘Communities of Practice: Post-war Architecture in Cologne’ will be presented as an effective example of such methodology.