Chapter 15. Information as Architecture

Every exit is an entry somewhere.

—TOM STOPPARD

Contemplating “Cyberspace”

INFORMATION HAS BEEN THOUGHT OF AS ARCHITECTURAL IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FOR A LONG TIME. But, the extreme scale and complexity of it that we now face is a fairly modern preoccupation. Mechanized production certainly enabled a massive rise in information material, but it was digital technology that truly allowed information to come untethered from the surfaces of the world and replicate with seemingly no limits. Information architecture is in many ways a response to this digital unmooring and subsequent explosion, and it started even before the Web.

Ideas and efforts have been around for many years that treat computer-based information ...

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