Tacit knowing: making disciplinary knowledge visible in architectural design

Musgrave, Elizabeth Anne and Neale, Douglas (2015) Tacit knowing: making disciplinary knowledge visible in architectural design. Design Principles and Practices, 8 43-54.

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Author Musgrave, Elizabeth Anne
Neale, Douglas
Title Tacit knowing: making disciplinary knowledge visible in architectural design
Journal name Design Principles and Practices   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-1874
Publication date 2015-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 8
Start page 43
End page 54
Total pages 12
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Through analysis of the outcomes of a model studio project, this paper demonstrates tacit knowing in the process of learning architectural design. Unlike skills and knowledge associated with explicit and concrete systems of disciplinary knowledge which are easily described and embedded as learning in studio projects, tacit knowledge is covert. Encompassing abstract notions such as concepts of spatial experience, such knowledge is intrinsic to architecture yet difficult to describe except through architecture itself. This paper will disclose how an awareness of spatial concepts is revealed through engagement in design process. Hungarian philosopher Michael Polanyi’s ‘structure of tacit knowing’ is adopted as a tool for analysing the outcomes of students’ project work and reflective journals. In establishing how and where learning has occurred, analysis will identify characteristics of ‘tacit’ knowledge as it arises in the discipline of architecture. It will also describe the mechanisms by which students’ engagement in processes reveals this form of knowledge.
Keyword Abstraction
Architectural design
Michael polanyi
Studio pedagogy
Tacit knowing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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