Fall 2015 Overview
SI 658 Information Architecture
People in the United States spend more than 40 hours each month inhabiting digital places.

An increasing portion of everybody’s everyday happens in places made of information.

What does it take to make good places for people?

Are there different rules for bricks and mortar than for bits and pixels?

The central conceit of this course is that places made of information must have architectures that are comparable to the architectures of the built environment.

And further: that some bricks-and-mortar architects' ways of thinking and working must be relevant to what we're now trying to figure out in information architecture.

We have the entire Fall term to test my hypotheses.

We'll dive deeply into the work of Christopher Alexander and try to adapt some of the patterns he insists are true and real in the built environment for structuring peoples experiences digital space. We'll even go so far as to try and find and make a language of our own patterns, following Alexander's Timeless Way, and we'll use that language to generate solutions to two different kinds of design problems.

I wonder if it will work?

photo from St. Francis de Sales (1966) by Marcel Breuer