טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentAdrian Jose Levy
SubjectInformation Architecture: The Architectural Contribution to
Information Visualization
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisors Professor Oxman Rivka
Professor Emeritus Oxman Robertmaurice
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Abstract

With the advent of digital communication technologies, an enormous quantity of information can be stored and transferred. But with these increasing possibilities comes increasing complexity. As indicated by the dissatisfaction often experienced by users of information technology, current systems of accessing, organizing and navigating information are proving insufficient. Visualization, the representation of information on an interactive map, is a strategy to make more efficient use of cognitive resources when processing complex information. Historically, different methods of visualization are used by architects as a tool to analyze the project data and as a tool to generate the form of architectural spaces. Today, digital technologies have enabled architects to see information as a raw material - an entirely new medium for experimentation in the design of 3D models that seek to materialize abstract data.

    This thesis is focused on presenting the contribution of these architects to the field of Information Visualization (IV) through:
  1. Search and selection of case studies.
  2. Categorization of case studies. and
  3. The comparative analysis of case studies, based on the six principles of analytical design of Edward Tufte (a recognized expert in issues related to the visual display of data and information) in order to understand the strengths and/or weaknesses of these cases.

This research presents the way in which architects are providing a new professional alternative to interpret a collection of spatially acquired, abstract datasets and developing suitable data representation metaphors that create ambient, spatial and uninhabitable experiences. It also presents exploitation of architectural models that we call "architectural maps" and "architectural metaphors" as a new way to visualize abstract relationships within datasets and new ways to communicate information and generate knowledge structures in order to find new solutions for information overload.