Title: Building Stories Revisited. Unlocking the knowledge capital of architectural practice
Authors: Heylighen, Ann ×
Martin, W. Mike
Cavallin, Humberto #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Eartscan
Series Title: Architectural Engineering and Design Management vol:3 issue:1 pages:65-74
Abstract: Since architects deal with unique projects, their knowledge is largely experience-based, tacit and embedded
within the design and construction process. Nevertheless, few consistent and systematic mechanisms exist
that try to establish and maintain access to the profession’s knowledge. Effectively capitalizing on this
knowledge thus seems as pressing a problem as producing more knowledge. Building Stories, an
experimental course at University of California – Berkeley, started with a carte blanche opportunity and
generous support from leading architecture firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, to try to unlock the
knowledge capital of architectural practice through storytelling. This paper is about creating a discussion
forum for dialogue about the nature of knowledge in architecture, how it can be captured and disseminated.
More importantly, the paper illustrates how designers and other participants in the design and making of
architecture can share their experiences through the method of storytelling. The paper looks back on the
outcomes of Building Stories over the past five years, and on how it has evolved into an inventive
methodology for catalyzing knowledge sharing between projects, between individual architects and
architecture firms and, finally, between practice and academia. After briefly recalling the underlying ideas of
Building Stories and their implementation as an operational methodology, the paper reports on its recent
in-depth evaluation involving former participants from various contexts – young and seasoned professionals
in practice, students and researchers in academia. Besides valuable feedback on Building Stories as such,
this assessment provides more general insights regarding current ideas and practices of knowledge
production and sharing in architecture.
ISSN: 1745-2007
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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