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In Search Of: Masterworks of Information Architecture

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In order to identify and enumerate some of the normative criteria for critique (or appreciation) of a given info-architectural structure, system, or solution, two candidate “masterworks” of information architecture are provided for evaluation and discussion: the 1st edition of James Joyce’s first novel, Ulysses, and the only edition of Richard Saul Wurman’s second book, The City: Form and Intent.

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    A facsimile of Wurman’s first book, originally printed by Eugene Feldman, is slated to be launched as a Kickstarter in Spring 2021. Kroeter, S., Kahn, N., & Wurman, R. S. (2020). The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project. https://www.louisikahn.com/.

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    Dorton Arena was noteworthy for incorporating an unusual elliptical design by Matthew Nowicki, of the North Carolina State University Department of Architecture. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973. Originally named the “State Fair Arena”, it was dedicated to Dr. J. S. Dorton, former North Carolina State Fair manager, in 1961. From Wikipedia. Nowicki was chief architect of the new Indian city of Chandigarh at the time of his death in a plane crash in August of 1950, and was replaced by Le Corbusier.

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    Wurman would go on to publish several more books based in comparative cartography, including The Urban Atlas (1966), Man Made Philadelphia (1972), US Atlas (1990, 1991), and MAP (2017).

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    Urban observatory. http://urbanobservatory.org.

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Klyn, D. (2021). In Search Of: Masterworks of Information Architecture. In: Resmini, A., Rice, S.A., Irizarry, B. (eds) Advances in Information Architecture. Human–Computer Interaction Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-63205-2_16

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