Intangible Material Culture: Technical Knowledge Transfer in Architecture

28 January 2019, 15:00 - 17:00

CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

All are invited to join us for this event in the 'cum panis' seminar series, hosted by gloknos at CRASSH. The 'cum panis' seminars are a space to share work currently in progress and break bread (or cake!) with new intellectual companions.

In this session, Ingrid Paoletti (Politecnico di Milano) will discuss her work on technical knowledge transfer in Architecture. 
 

In the time of digital information and dissemination, and the democratization of knowledge, technical-scientific disciplines undergo gradual but revolutionary changes. The need to transmit knowledge in the professions that stand between the creative disciplines and the technical-scientific disciplines such as the polytechnic ones has produced over time a vast body of rules and codifications to allow the competent transmission of knowledge. Extensive manuals have become indispensable due to the production process of constructive assets that do not present repeatability, as is the case of other more industrial products, but are linked to professionals that are aggregated from time to time, in turn, and with inhomogeneous experiences and skills. However, thanks to digital information, the culture of contemporary image, very far from the archetypical vision of manuals and the fast changing of ‘regola d’arte’, has increased obsolescence very fast. But codified knowledge has also been an important path for inspiration: innovations often come from a ‘deviance’ from consolidated written or oral rules of techniques and materials, that allows the development of new knowledge. So how can we create, design, and innovate today, if the material culture is not sedimented and part of our imaginario? Change is coming in the barometer of knowledge transfer in architecture.
 

This event is free to attend, but in order to receive the advance reading material for this session please email to confirm your attendance. 

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gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.

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