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Architecture & IA: Expanding the Metaphor - IA Summit 2016

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Jessica DuVerneay's talk for 2016 IA Summit - Atlanta, GA

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Architecture & IA: Expanding the Metaphor - IA Summit 2016

  1. 1. ARCHITECTURE & IA Expanding the Metaphor Jessica DuVerneay @jduverneay
  2. 2. WHAT IS IA?
  3. 3. Michigan - Circa 1992
  4. 4. METAPHORS
  5. 5. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/King's_Cross_Western_Concourse.jpg
  6. 6. . Conductor http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/arts/music/susanna- malkkis-wide-appeal-on-both-sides-of-the-atlantic.html?_r=0
  7. 7. .
  8. 8. . is to make places, not just spaces.
 The reason to work with an architect
  9. 9. . Places where strategy shapes the structure to ensure good fit between what you intend…
  10. 10. . experience it
…and how people
  11. 11. Do you use physical architecture as a metaphor to explain or discuss information architecture?
  12. 12. WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE http://somethingwickedhorror.kinja.com/the-winchester-mystery-house-1736574784
  13. 13. http://somethingwickedhorror.kinja.com/the-winchester-mystery-house-1736574784 http://www.weirdretro.org.uk/the-winchester-mystery-house.html
  14. 14. https://eatingfastfood.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/fascinating-tales-from-history-the-winchester-mystery-house/
  15. 15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Film, 2004
  16. 16. STRENGTHS & LIMITATIONS
  17. 17. If you use physical architecture as a metaphor to describe IA, what strengths or limitations have you found?
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. The current discussion of IA and the use of built-world examples is mostly a reference to western architecture from the past 100 years.
  21. 21. .
  22. 22. http://www.laurelhighlands.org/things-to-do/arts-culture/frank-lloyd-wright/
  23. 23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Le_Corbusier_buildings
  24. 24. So, what’s wrong with that? Those buildings are cool.
  25. 25. This is problematic.
  26. 26. Lack of Diversity
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. http://chrisdent.co.uk/new-york-skyline
  29. 29. “The problem…is 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
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. increased isolation increased disparity increased pollution increased illness economic collapse ecological collapse http://www.handsoffmydinosaur.com
  32. 32. universal independence uniformity urbanism efficiency economy industry machined mass production material centric profithttp://chrisdent.co.uk/new-york-skyline
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
  35. 35. “Lord of the Rings”, Film, 2001
  36. 36. Little Book of Sloth - Lucy Cooke
  37. 37. local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke ideas people
  38. 38. www.yearofmud.com www.yearofmud.com
  39. 39. local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people
  40. 40. local interdependence customization earth integration quality affordability community hand made bespoke idea centric people
  41. 41. 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
  42. 42. https://prezi.com/1mul6vuq_a2s/earthships/
  43. 43. 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
  44. 44. 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
  45. 45. We can become better practitioners of IA by expanding our metaphors to include examples & strategies from traditional, natural, and indigenous architecture.
  46. 46. 4 STRATEGIES FROM NATURAL & INDIGENOUS ARCHITECTURE
  47. 47. 1. Prioritize Sustainability 2. Consider Context 3. Demand Inclusion 4. Look Beyond the Project
  48. 48. Prioritize Sustainability http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2012_Summer_Yates.php
  49. 49. Prioritize Sustainability http://timfrick.com/2015/06/30/ted-talk-on-internet-sustainability/
  50. 50. 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,_Kirkjubøur_(1).jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horyu-ji11s3200.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Pagaruyung_palace.jpg
  51. 51. Vincent van Zeijst Consider Context Andrew Hinton Understanding Context
  52. 52. 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
  53. 53. Look beyond the Project https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_space Eames, “Powers of 10”
  54. 54. http://www.qrpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rosa-Parks-Circle_04-960x640.jpg Maya Lin
  55. 55. http://kfouchephotography.com http://www.thomaskoziol.com/photography/
  56. 56. Michigan - Circa 2015
  57. 57. START NOW
  58. 58. Dan Klyn Workshop Origins of Pattern Language: Learning from C. Alexander
  59. 59. Tim Frick Book Due July 2016
  60. 60. Andrew Hinton Book
  61. 61. Sunday 1:15pm #NOBODYUBERSINTHEHOOD: ARCHITECTING FOR INCLUSION IN THE DIGITAL SERVICE ECONOMY
  62. 62. Working Session Architect the Information of Georgia House Bill 757 Reserve your seat today Email to RSVP:  info@iainstitute.org  Saturday 6-7:45pm
  63. 63. 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 laps…If 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
  64. 64. THANKYOU Jessica DuVerneay @jduverneay jessica@understandinggroup.com @undrstndng understandinggroup.com

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