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Event: Learning from architecture - Thursday 7 February

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  • AIGA Experience Design London/Nico Macdo
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      Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues and friends. If you are not already on the 'lonadv4design' list please join (details at the end).

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      You are invited to the nineteenth AIGA Experience Design London meeting.

      Thursday 7 February, 6:30 for 7PM (until about 8:30PM)
      The Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2E 7DL
      (opposite the Royal Opera House)
      There is no payment to attend. Please email all enquiries to
      this address, not the Design Council.

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      Designers working in interactive media have a lot to learn from architecture, the grand-daddy of design professions. From the layout of 3D spaces to signage design, from interaction with physical objects to the creation of workable spaces, a lot has already been surveyed, and the term 'information architecture' is well established (though it is also the cause of some dispute). Of course many people have also come to experience design from architecture, and many architects are seriously investigating interaction design.

      Experience designers can also learn from architects' methods for collaborating with engineers, surveyors and builders, effectively communicating with clients, working within stern constraints, and managing large projects towards the realisation of their creative vision. And architecture itself is having to change its working methods, a process that is being facilitated by IT, and presents many interesting challenges.

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      Presentation: 'Learning by doing?'
      -- Architects have been leading design teams for centuries. But with more radical changes to their industry in the last 20 years than there had been for the previous 200, are they learning to engage in the information age? Some are, but most aren't. Stephen Pacey will present a whistle-stop tour of how architectural IT has developed and will look at the ways in which new technology is now beginning to challenge architects and engineers to re-evaluate how they relate and work, drawing out the lessons for people working with the Web and other interactive media.
      - Stephen Pacey is IT Editor of RIBA Journal and a director of i2i an IT
      consultancy which challenges and equips SMEs to think differently about
      the way they work. Before this he practised for ten years as an architect
      in both in the USA and UK.

      Presentation: 'Architecture: Hardware or Software?'
      -- Pletts Haque's presentation will explore the ways that people relate to each other and to their surrounding space. Their design process blurs distinctions between hardware and software in architecture and allows them to use the Internet as both an environment and a tool. They will use examples from their own projects and the wider world of architecture to develop the idea of software for the built environment.
      - Josephine Pletts (RIBA) and Usman Haque are partners in an
      architecture practice specialising in interaction design and research
      projects and have been published in titles including Wired Online and
      Architectural Design. Pletts has worked in a number of prestigious
      London architecture practices and taught at Liverpool University and
      University College London. Haque has worked as an architect in London,
      New York, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo and was Artist-In-Residence at the
      International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Japan. His
      interactive and telecommunications works have been exhibited at the
      Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Ars Electronica (Austria),
      the Hillside Gallery (Tokyo) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of

      Interlocutor: Tim Gough
      - Tim Gough is Vice President for Practice at the RIBA (Royal Institute
      of British Architects), representing the interests of architect
      members within and outside the Institute in relation to Practice issues,
      including CAD and IT. He has a decade of experience running a micro
      architecture practice in London.

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      You and any of your friends and colleagues who are interested in building an interdisciplinary community of professionals who design for a world in which experiences are increasingly digital and connected. You do _not_ need to be an AIGA member to attend this gathering. (More on the mission and activities of the AIGA Experience Design group at http://experience.aiga.org/)

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      Our next event will be on Thursday 7 March 2002.

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