The Architecture of Information

"Flight 94, 9/11 Memorial"

The Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, that we better know as Le Corbusier, wrote “Vers une architecture” in 1923. The book, soon to become one of the most successful and controversial pamphlet in the history of architecture and the manifesto of Modernism, was mostly a collection of essays and articles coauthored with purist painter and personal friend Amédée Ozenfant and originally published on their cubist periodical L’Esprit nouveau. At its core, it was a passionate call to architects to embrace the machine-inspired beauty of modernity and turn it into a novel idea of architecture.

Teaching Systems

Teaching Systems

The draft version of a working paper me and Bertil Carlsson have written for the Relating Systems Thinking & Design 2013 conference in Oslo, October 2013. While information is becoming pervasive, and products and services are becoming parts of larger systems, many of which participating into emergent, complex information-based ecosystems where actors are co-producers and where relationships between elements, channels and touchpoints are messy and non-linear, within the area of informatics and information systems we still teach management and design as if they were linear. Could we try something different? How would that work and what results could it produce in terms of both learning outcomes and student satisfaction? This paper details the approach we followed and the early results we achieved in introducing business and informatics students to entrepreneurship and innovation through a holistic approach in the 2-year Master in IT, Management and Innovation at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), in Jönköping, Sweden.

Placemaking 101

Fractal branches, Hjö

A while ago I promised a brief list of resources on space, place and place-making to friends and students.
It took a while, I concede, but here it is. I decided to start with books first, and leave interesting articles and papers for another round. Books are much more reader-friendly, and some of the stuff is thick.

Of Patterns and Structures

Open-air wooden structures in Jönköping, Sweden

As with many a good discussion, this got started by chance.
While I was cruising around with too many tabs open in my browser, one of them caught my attention. Stefano Bussolon (@sweetdreamerit), psychologist and information architect, was commenting on something Peter Morville (@morville) had just tweeted on structures and patterns. That seemed interesting.

Workshoppe à la Parisienne

Spermwhale skeleton at Hvalsafari Andenes, Norway

I'll be hosting a pre-conference workshop at EuroIA 2010 on September 23: An Introduction to Information Architecture. If you think you might be interested in joining us for a few hours of IA and hands-on design, or you are just curious about how the workshop is going to roll, well, this is the right place to be: just read on.