Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and Its Ways of Knowing

TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing focuses on the concept of “tacit knowledge” in architecture and urban design. Tacit knowledge is a specific type of knowledge that architects employ when designing and is embodied in the material vectors that they design with – from treatises and drawings to models and buildings. The Innovative Training Network (ITN) trains young researchers in the development of advanced theoretical frameworks and specialised methods for the analysis of the specific knowledge that architects, and urban designers use when designing buildings and cities. ITN focuses on the characteristics, the dissemination and the heuristic potential of this knowledge and is structured around three training axes: (1) Approaching Tacit Knowledge: Theories and Histories, (2) Probing Tacit Knowledge: Concrete Cases and Approaches, and (3) The Projective Capacities of Tacit Knowledge. TACK ITN combines for the first time expertise on tacit knowledge that has been developed at nine different research centres in Europe. Together with three cultural institutions and nine architecture firms, the research centres are training a group of scholars to explore and conceptualise the very character of tacit knowledge to better understand its potential in addressing new and pressing issues in the built environment from alternative vantage points. This powerful combination of expertise from industry and academia introduces young researchers to new heuristic methods.

Since 2016

Image taken during the first Foundational Course meeting in The Netherlands. © TACK

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 860413. This deliverable reflects only the author’s view and the European Commission Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.