Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge: 20th Century Architecture Summer Schools

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Summer Program
September 6, 2021 to September 17, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Teaching and Learning, Urban History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning


Applications are open for the in-person summer program 'Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge: 20th Century Architecture Summer Schools'

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL), 6-17 September 2021



During the twentieth century, some of the most interesting experiments in architectural education developed outside traditional institutions, within collaborative international summer schools. In 2021, ‘Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge’ will use these seminal summer schools to launch a pedagogical experiment of our own, drawing on the archival holdings and expertise of the Het Nieuwe Instituut. Exploring methods of performance and re-enactment—and their entanglement with queer and feminist theory—participants will reflect on the role that tacit knowledge played in summer schools, and in architectural education more broadly.

'Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge' is hosted by the Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) in Rotterdam, as part of the research project ‘TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its ways of Knowing’. Participants will collaborate with the HNI, alongside doctoral students and academics across the network. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 860413.


Applications for this collaborative summer program are open to students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and related disciplines. 

Applications close 21 June 2021. To apply, send a motivation letter (max. 500 words) and sample of either design (max. 3 pages) or written work (max. 1500 words) to

Fees & Costs

There is no fee for participation. Complimentary lunch will be provided each day, and two communal dinners. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and all other meals and expenses. 

More Information

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The summer program is organised by Hamish Lonergan (ETH Zurich) with Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich), Prof. Dr. Janina Gosseye (TU Delft) and Prof. Dr. Dirk van den Heuvel (TU Delft & HNI)

Contact Info: 

Hamish Lonergan

Doctoral Student

Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) 

D-ARCH, ETH Zurich 

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