Architecture & IA: Expanding the Metaphor - IA Summit 2016

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  • ARCHITECTURE & IAExpanding the Metaphor

    Jessica DuVerneay @jduverneay

  • WHAT IS IA?

  • Michigan - Circa 1992

  • METAPHORS

  • https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/King's_Cross_Western_Concourse.jpg

  • . Conductor

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/arts/music/susanna-malkkis-wide-appeal-on-both-sides-of-the-atlantic.html?_r=0

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    is to make places, not just spaces.

    The reason to work with an architect

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    Places where strategy shapes the structure to ensure good fit between what you intend

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    experience itand how people

  • Do you use physical architecture as a metaphor to explain or discuss information architecture?

  • WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE

    http://somethingwickedhorror.kinja.com/the-winchester-mystery-house-1736574784

  • http://somethingwickedhorror.kinja.com/the-winchester-mystery-house-1736574784http://www.weirdretro.org.uk/the-winchester-mystery-house.html

  • https://eatingfastfood.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/fascinating-tales-from-history-the-winchester-mystery-house/

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Film, 2004

  • STRENGTHS & LIMITATIONS

  • If you use physical architecture as a metaphor to describe IA, what strengths or limitations have you found?

  • Strengths

    All humans have experiences in built spaces

    User needs are important in both

    Workflows are important in both

    Wayfinding is important in both

    Context is important in both

  • Limitations

    May turn clients off

    Misalignments between websites & physical places

    Time

    The objective of IA is not the production of environments for inhabitation, but for understanding.

    - Jorge Arango

  • The current discussion of IA and the use of built-world examples is mostly a reference to western architecture from the past 100 years.

  • .

  • http://www.laurelhighlands.org/things-to-do/arts-culture/frank-lloyd-wright/

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Le_Corbusier_buildings

  • So, whats wrong with that? Those buildings are cool.

  • This is problematic.

  • Lack of Diversity

  • Sustainability It was fossil fuel-derived electricity that lit and air-conditioned modern buildings, which often spurned natural light and ventilation. Modern architecture is thus an energy-profligate, petrochemical architecture, only possible when fossil fuels are abundant and affordable. Like the sprawling cities it spawned, it belongs to that waning era historians are already calling the oil interval. Although histories of modern architecture still overlook this critical fact failing to note what is, literally, blindingly obvious any future history must surely begin by noting this relationship, which is axiomatically unsustainable.

    - Peter Buchanan The Big Rethink, Architectural Review

  • http://chrisdent.co.uk/new-york-skyline

  • The problemis also that these structures lack an authentic connection to nature and the very cultures in which they exist. This, in turn, leaves us feeling disconnected, isolated and longing for true connections to each other and our communities.

    - Monica Gray The Problem With Architecture Today, 2014

  • The Big Rethink Most of what we now see as exceptionally stupid design concepts such as the ubiquitous, a-contextual, energy guzzling, airconditioned glass box were initiated by architects and once hailed as exemplifying Modernist ideals.

    No amount of the desperate fad for jazzing up facades in syncopated barcode patterns and other jittery rhythms, and jollying up with strong colours can conceal the tawdry, mean-spiritedness of the design and the flimsy thinness of much construction. (Even inoffensive seems beyond us.) These faults are largely the inevitable consequence of the rhetoric of cheap and efficient utilitarianism promised by Modern architecture.

    - Peter Buchanan The Big Rethink, Architectural Review

  • increased isolation

    increased disparity

    increased pollution

    increased illness

    economic collapse ecological collapse http://www.handsoffmydinosaur.com

  • universal independence

    uniformity urbanism efficiency economy industry

    machined mass production material centric

    profit http://chrisdent.co.uk/new-york-skyline

  • As the field matures, and as more of our daily interactions involve information environments, we must become also increasingly proactive in our role as agents of cultural and political change.

    Jorge Arango Architectures,

    Journal of IA, Sep 2011

  • ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

  • Lord of the Rings, Film, 2001

  • Little Book of Sloth - Lucy Cooke

  • local interdependence

    customization earth integration

    quality affordability community hand made

    bespoke ideas

    people

  • www.yearofmud.com

    www.yearofmud.com

  • local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people

  • local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people

  • local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people

    global independence

    uniformity urbanism efficiency economy industry

    machined mass production material centric

    profit

  • https://prezi.com/1mul6vuq_a2s/earthships/

  • local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people

    global independence

    uniformity urbanism efficiency economy industry

    machined mass production material centric

    profit

  • local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people

    global independence

    uniformity urbanism efficiency economy industry

    machined mass production material centric

    profit

  • We can become better practitioners of IA by expanding our metaphors to include examples & strategies from traditional, natural, and indigenous architecture.

  • 4 STRATEGIES FROM NATURAL & INDIGENOUS ARCHITECTURE

  • 1. Prioritize Sustainability 2. Consider Context 3. Demand Inclusion 4. Look Beyond the Project

  • Prioritize Sustainability

    http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2012_Summer_Yates.php

  • Prioritize Sustainability

    http://timfrick.com/2015/06/30/ted-talk-on-internet-sustainability/

  • Consider Context

    Vincent van Zeijst https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/cf/2e/cc/cf2eccf463ba9c75a0de258f333e22b8.jpg

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Faroe_Islands,_Streymoy,_Kirkjubur_(1).jpg

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horyu-ji11s3200.jpg

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Pagaruyung_palace.jpg

  • Vincent van Zeijst

    Consider Context

    Andrew Hinton Understanding Context

  • Demand Inclusion

    http://risingearthbuilding.blogspot.com/2015_10_01_archive.html

    http://www.alternativehomestoday.com/blog/deanne-strawbale-studio/

    http://return2green.blogspot.com/2010/07/earthship-touches-down-

    in-haiti.html

  • Look beyond the Project

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_spaceEames, Powers of 10

  • http://www.qrpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rosa-Parks-Circle_04-960x640.jpg

    Maya Lin

  • http://kfouchephotography.com

    http://www.thomaskoziol.com/photography/

  • Michigan - Circa 2015

  • START NOW

  • Dan Klyn

    Workshop Origins ofPattern

    Language: Learning fromC. Alexander

  • Tim Frick

    Book Due July 2016

  • Andrew Hinton

    Book

  • Sunday 1:15pm

    #NOBODYUBERSINTHEHOOD: ARCHITECTING FOR INCLUSION

    IN THE DIGITAL SERVICE ECONOMY

  • Working Session Architect the Information

    of Georgia House Bill 757

    Reserve your seat today

    Email to RSVP: info@iainstitute.org

    Saturday 6-7:45pm

  • Our goal must be not to disparage, deny the threats under which we live, but to boldly go forward toward a new practice, an understanding that may save us from what many past and present follies are now dumping in our lapsIf we take it up as a goal, it will spread like fire to other minds and other fields Information architects should adopt this as a goal. We are uniquely qualified to get it done, so let's do it.

    Brenda Laurel Closing Keynote 2015 IA Summit

  • THANK YOUJessica DuVerneay

    @jduverneay

    jessica@understandinggroup.com

    @undrstndng

    understandinggroup.com