Tacit Knowledge | Option Studio

Option Studio: Order and Information
Florian Idenberg, Sam Ghantous
Fall 2018


If explicit knowledge is sanctioned by academic institutions and widely represented in libraries today, the production and exchange of tacit knowledge is currently outside the consideration of the library institution. The library of tacit knowledge should codify and legitimize not only text-based, academic knowledge but also other forms of knowledge produced by the community. By translating an existing thriving network of  infrastructure - ranging from oral, informal to virtual - to a physical space, the library makes a statement of legitimizing bottom-up information as well as enables traditionally recognized forms of knowledge exchange.

The space for storing collective knowledge is going to be lively, chaotic, and it visually conveys the social negotiations at play. The library is largely divided into two types of spaces: the stacks and the perimeter. If the stacks offer an adaptable plan where the users of the library can arrange and station their topics of interest in a flexible way over time and not fixed to a particular medium, the perimeter is a highly authored zone that wraps around the stacks where tacit knowledge is produced, recorded, and accessed.

The inserts within this perimeter, varying in vertical scale, footprint, and degrees of openness, offer a variety of spaces suitable for workshops, community meetings, or media production and consumption (watching archived videos, for example). These inserts, by pushing into the stacks through a internal membrane, also variate space in proximity to the public functions and create different conditions within the stack.