The term ‘project archaeology’ for us describes a technique for reading structural traces of projective processes and thereby multiplying the directions of a project’s time (and content) vectors. It is clear that a documented process is a temporal entity that happened in the past. It thus seems to be a closed entity although in its becoming it was an open one. The dilemma now is that when the process is read as closed entity, the potentialities of the process itself get lost. Consequently, in order to open up the process again and to regain its immanent potentialities, we work with a diagrammatic approach of a serial fragmentation, de- and re-assembling, cataloguing and indexing of the process structures. Rather than looking for representational effects, we look in the document archive for traces that incorporate new beginnings and for structural entities that can be re-assembled.
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How is knowledge?
There are two modes of knowledge on display here which are essential for the knowledge making process in Project Management in Urban Design:
A) Tacit knowledge. Is embodied and comes about through subjective experience in rehearsal and repetition.
B) Explicit knowledge is what we refer to as knowledge knowledge: It is produced through reflection and representation. Representation is what renders the knowledge communicable to others.
It is decisive that when transposing tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge to develop modes that prevents the form of knowledge from closing. That is why we have developed the method of what we call Project Archaeology.