Walter Thomas Brooks
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Exploring Digital Information Architecture
It was the architect's early studies of the evolution of human culture (see last page in Seeds) which led to the connection with information architecture, long before the digital age had arrived— an interest which influenced the design of the EPOCH film wall classroom of the 1960’s— a space in which students were placed within an environment of rear projected historical images. By the late 1980's, that original chart had moved to the computer, the film wall-surround to a digital wall-surround— and the classroom to a small shell-shaped time and place-oriented digital laboratory, whose overall shape was influenced by a small marine shell— the ram's horn. This new movement into the digital information age presented the idea that the coordinates in which that information was created in the first place should structure information— its time and place coordinates. But it would be the second laboratory, the Ammonite, which would carry this idea into the new millennium by using its curved spiraling chambers to designate a period of human time— in this case, just as the original chart did— in centuries. The essential premise: that culture, like the shell itself, is accreted in increments.
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