Communities of Tacit Knowledge

Communities of Tacit Knowledge

Architecture and Its Ways of Knowing

Communities of Tacit Knowledge is an innovative, EU-funded research and education network launched by ten leading academic institutions in Europe. The aim of this project is to train young researchers to analyse, understand and apply the specific knowledge of architects. It focuses on the 'silent' individual knowledge and collective experience of our discipline, which materialises in buildings and spaces, in drawings or models, but is often not verbally recorded and communicated. In collaboration with three cultural architectural institutions and nine international architectural practices, a PhD training programme is offered to selected young researchers to help them explore the specific character of tacit design knowledge (in architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture) and discover its potential in addressing current and future issues in the built environment. After three years of intensive research and transdisciplinary exchange, TACK will result in 10 PhD projects, each dedicated to specific thematic complexes of tacit knowledge. The individual research project in Hanover, led by Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert and the a_ku team, focuses on the specifics of architects' knowledge generation and knowledge performance through reflexivity. It is being worked on by Caendia Wijnbelt.


Total project duration: september 2019 – august 2023

Full-time Phd funding: 1. march 2020 – 28. febuary 2023

Academic project partners: ETH Zurich, Delft University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Politecnico Milano, Academy of Arts Vienna, University of Antwerp, University College London, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Non-academic project partners: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Vlaams Architectuur Instituut, Architekturzentrum Wien (AzW), Architects De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Kortkenie Stuhlmacher Architects, Spridd, De Smet Vermeulen, Cityfoerster, One Fine Day architects, SOMA Architecture/Stefan Rutzinger, Onsite Studio, Snøhetta architects

This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no. 860413.

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