Based in Chicago, Jessica DuVerneay had the honor of co-chairing the IA Summit in 2015, and was the Executive Director of the inaugural WIAD in 2012. In addition to her work as an information architect, DuVerneay has been a teacher, artist, library manager, and a small business owner; this allows her to connect with and provide top-notch solutions for clients and users with a wide variety of needs and backgrounds.
IA Summit 2016
Topic(s): culture and place
The metaphor of physical architecture is often used to explain the practice of information architecture. While one could contend the utility of this comparison all together, this talk will instead contend that the metaphor is at best incomplete. Natural and indigenous architectures have welcomed people, facilitated the growth of communities, and hosted commerce for thousands of years in sustainable, culturally appropriate, human-friendly ways. Yet, so many of the examples practitioners reference to explain and strategically guide our work are limited to contemporary approaches.
This talk, intended to be a mix of theory and practical suggestions, will:
- introduce the built-world metaphor we often reference as practitioners of IA,
- explore the current architect-driven critique of contemporary architecture, and
- consider natural and indigenous architecture strategies as an expansion to the existing referential architectural canon.
We will close with an exploration of practical strategic principles from natural and indigenous architecture that can, and should, inform the placemaking we do in digital spaces.