Kees Kaan at Tacit Knowledge conference

Kees Kaan joins the Tacit Knowledge (TACK) conference at ETH Zurich, organized by the ITN ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’ 

Tacit knowledge is integral to architectural culture, influencing the conception, design, construction, and utilization of buildings and cities. It shapes architectural education, distinguishes design office cultures, and drives collaboration among craftsmen, engineers, and architects.

Despite its significance, our understanding of tacit knowledge in architecture remains limited. Research on this topic has recently gained momentum, but further exploration is needed to grasp its specificities. Questions such as the roles of tacit knowledge in architecture culture, its relationship with other knowledge forms, and its ability to foster cooperative communities across disciplines remain unanswered.

In light of these considerations, the ITN ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing’ is organizing a three-day International Conference at ETH Zürich (CH) from June 19 to 21, 2023. The conference aims to delve into tacit knowledge in architectural culture through lectures, debates, and interactive sessions. These will focus on a diverse range of tacit knowledge objects, including scale models, mock-ups, plans, drawings, details, letters, and digital-born artefacts. These objects will also be showcased in the accompanying exhibition titled Unspoken Knowledge.

We are contributing to the exhibition with two objects representing our interpretation of tacit knowledge. On the occasion, Kees Kaan joins as a speaker at the exhibition opening alongside Tom Avermaete, Janina Gosseye, Angelo Lunati and Mara Trübenbach.

Practical info:
“Unausgesprochenes Wissen/Unspoken Knowledge/Le (savoir) non-dit”
ArchENA, HIL D57.1, ETH Hönggerberg, 8049 Zürich
Exhibition opening: 19 June, 19:30 – 20:30