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Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing

‘TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing’ is a newly funded Innovative Training Network, as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within the European Framework Program Horizon 2020. It trains young researchers in understanding the specific knowledge that architects use when designing buildings and cities. TACK gathers ten major academic institutions, three leading cultural architectural institutions as well as nine distinguished architecture design offices. Collaboratively these partners offer an innovative PhD training program on the nature of tacit knowledge in architecture, resulting in ten parallel PhD projects.

Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing

Tacit knowledge

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.

Tacit knowledge may be embedded in the relations between people, and is specific to particular historical developments and traditions. Tacit knowledge often results from the personal experience of making and thinking and therefore connects intellectual and practical work. It produces knowledge that is embedded in a community. As tacit knowledge is an essential element of the heuristic methods of knowledge production in the field of design it also contains a significant potential of absorbing and responding to change. Tacit knowledge offers designers highly relevant instruments for dealing with constantly fluctuating conditions and a set of complex and apparently contradictory requirements.

TACK Talks: How do we know?

In this online lecture series 9 architectural firms from Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Britain and Austria will reveal how their work is the result of examinations of knowledge and how tacit knowledge is part of the internal conversation and the communication with others.

Introduced and presented by Tom Avermaete, Christoph Grafe and Lara Schrijver.

Confirmed lectures:

  • 21 May 2020, 18.00 – 19.00
    One Fine Day, Düsseldorf (DE)

    introduction: Tom Avermaete

  • 28 May 2020, 18.00 – 19.00
    Spridd, Stockholm (SE)

    introduction: Christoph Grafe

  • 11 June 2020, 18.00-19.00
    Onsite Studio, Milan (I)

    introduction: Christoph Grafe

  • 18 June 2020, 18.00-19.00
    De Smet Vermeulen, Ghent (BE)

    introduction: Tom Avermaete

  • 25 June 2020, 18.00-19.00
    Soma, Innsbruck (A)

    introduction: Lara Schrijver

  • 02 July 2020, 18.00-19.00
    De Vylder Vinck, Ghent (BE)

    introduction: Christoph Grafe

  • 9 July 2020, 18.00-19.00
    Korteknie Stuhlmacher, Rotterdam (NL)

    introduction: Tom Avermaete

  • 16 July 2020, 18.00-19.00 TBC
    Cityförster, Hanover/ Rotterdam (D/NL)

    introduction: Lara Schrijver


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        ETH Zürich, Delft University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Politecnico di Milano, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Antwerp, University College London, Leibniz Universität Hannover


        Het Nieuwe Instituut, Flanders Architecture Insitute, Architekturzentrum Wien, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, Spridd, De Smet Vermeulen architecten, Cityfoerster, One Fine Day architects, SOMA Architecture, Onsite studio, Snøhetta