Join Dan Klyn for one or both of these half-day workshops, which are designed to equip participants with the BASIC framework for looking at the architectures of complex systems.
Attendees will get out of the conference hotel and into the streets of downtown New Orleans in a facilitated exploration of the myriad ways that features in the built environment are configured by people to store, distribute, and reify different kinds of information.
No special knowledge or equipment is required to participate, and the walking route for each of the two half-days is exactly the same. The pace of the walk will be very slow, and the distance we’ll cover adds up to just under 1 mile.
While covering the same ground and exploring the BASIC framework, each session will have a somewhat different focus:
- The DUCKS session (Tuesday, March 28th in the AM) is focused on an analysis of one discreet site: Charles Moore’s glorious and notorious Piazza di’ Italia.
- The DECORATED SHEDS session (Wednesday, March 29th in the PM) is focused on an analysis of Natchez Street, which connects the conference hotel to the Piazza.
Klyn and up to 50 attendees will briefly muster in the lobby of the Intercontinental for a review of the Resources and Script for the workshop before sallying forth into the city to learn about the BASICs of seeing architecture through a close “reading” and analysis of architect Charles W. Moore’s internationally infamous Piazza Di’Italia (1976).
- Quick intro to Klyn’s BASIC Framework
- Walk to Piazza di’ Italia
- Walk back to the Intercontinental
- Debrief and Q&A
About the speakers
Dan Klyn teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information, is a co-founder of World Information Architecture Day, past President of the Information Architecture Institute, and a founding member of the teaching faculty at Building Beauty. In 2011 he co-founded The Understanding Group (TUG) with Bob Royce, and has worked as an information architect for 23 years.
Klyn’s writings have appeared in the Journal of Information Architecture, the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and in the edited volumes Reframing Information Architecture (2014) and Advances In Information Architecture ( 2021). He currently works part-time as an IA consultant, and half-time curating Richard Saul Wurman’s archives.