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Sentient Architectures of Information


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Martyn Dade-Robertson, Architect presentation from World IA Day 2013 Bristol.

In an age of ubiquitous and pervasive computing the notion of information architecture has shifted to involve both multi-channel and multi-device experiences. Perhaps, even more profoundly digital information which has been ‘let loose’ from the shackles of a computer screen becomes, through locative media, embedded within the places and practices of everyday life. This new era of information architecture offers new and exciting design opportunities; however, it also offers practical and ethical challenges. This talk will sketch out this future for information architecture through the concept of sentient spaces examines how Information Architects may shape experiences, not only of information but, of society and space.

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Sentient Architectures of Information

  1. 1. World IA DAY 2013 | Sentient Architectures of InformationDr. Martyn Dade-RobertsonArchaIDSchool of Architecture Planning and LandscapeNewcastle University09/02/2012
  2. 2. Where is the Architecture in Information Architecture?
  3. 3. A  consensual  hallucina-on  experienced  daily  by  billions  of  legi-mate  operators,  in  every  na-on,  by  children  being  taught  mathema-cal  concepts  ...a  graphical  representa-on  of  data  abstracted  from  the  banks  of  every  computer  in  the  human  system.  Unthinkable  complexity.  Lines  of  light  ranged  in  the  nonspace  of  the  mind,  clusters  and  constella-ons  of  data.  Like  city  lights  receding.      (Gibson  1984:  67)    
  4. 4. A  consensual  hallucina-on  experienced  daily  by  billions  of  legi-mate  operators,  in  every  na-on,  by  children  being  taught  mathema-cal  concepts  ...a  graphical  representa-on  of  data  abstracted  from  the  banks  of  every  computer  in  the  human  system.  Unthinkable  complexity.  Lines  of  light  ranged  in  the  nonspace  of  the  mind,  clusters  and  constella5ons  of  data.  Like  city  lights  receding.      (Gibson  1984:  67)    
  5. 5. What was the first architectural gesture?
  6. 6. c.  2500BC  
  7. 7. Primi5ve  Classifica5on  Durkheim  &  Mauss  (1963)  
  8. 8. Primi5ve  Classifica5on  Durkheim  &  Mauss  (1963)  
  9. 9. Primi5ve  Classifica5on  Durkheim  &  Mauss  (1963)  
  10. 10. Primi5ve  Classifica5on  Durkheim  &  Mauss  (1963)  
  11. 11. Linguis5c  System  Architectonic  System  
  12. 12. Linguis5c  System  Architectonic  System  
  13. 13. …incorporates  the  set  of  place-­‐ Architectonic  System  making  orderings  whereby  individuals  construct  and  communicate  a  conceptual   Linguis5c  System  world  through  the  use  of  palpable  in  forma.on  …[which  are]…  addressed  to  the  visual  channel,  to  be  decoded  spa.o-­‐  kine.cally  over  .me.  (Preziosi  1979:  4)     Language  Architecture   and  Meaning   Preziosi  (1979)  
  14. 14. …incorporates  the  en#re  set  of  place-­‐ Architectonic  System  making  orderings  whereby  individuals  construct  and  communicate  a  conceptual   Linguis5c  System  world  through  the  use  of  palpable  dis#nc#ons  in  forma#on  …[which  are]…  addressed  to  the  visual  channel,  to  be  decoded  spa#o-­‐  kine#cally  over  .me.  (Preziosi  1979:  4)     Language  Architecture   and  Meaning   Preziosi  (1979)  
  15. 15. Architectonic  System  
  16. 16. Linguis5c  System   Architectonic  System  environment.  Design  of  the  built  
  17. 17. Linguis5c  System   Architectonic  System  environment.  Design  of  the  built  
  18. 18. Aristotle’s  applica-on  of  the  word  ‘topos’  to  general  paNerns  of  argument  is    the  source  of  the  name  of  his  trea-se,  ‘The  Topics’.  And  this  use  of  the  word,  along  with  the  related  use  in  rhetoric,  is  the  source  of  the  English    expression  ‘topic’  and  ‘commonplace’.  If  the  above  sugges-ons  are  correct,  these  words  will  have  come  via  Aristotle  ul-mately  from  the  system  of  place  memory.      (Sorabji  2004:  32)  
  19. 19. Where is the Architecture in Information Architecture?
  20. 20. Where is the Information Architecture in Architecture?
  21. 21. Listening PostMark Hansen and Ben Rubin
  22. 22. Immaterials: Light Painting WiFiTimo Arnall, Jorn Knutsen and Einar Sneve Martinussen
  23. 23. MacroscopeTom SchofieldMartyn Dade-Robertson
  24. 24. Pivot PathsMarian Dork
  25. 25. Information is BeautifulDavid McCandless
  26. 26. THE