Dan Klyn

Dan Klyn is an information architect who co-founded The Understanding Group (TUG) and World Information Architecture Day.

He teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information, and is writing the biography of Richard Saul Wurman.

In April 2018, he completed a two-year term as President of the of the Information Architecture Institute.

About the talks

February 22, 16:00 – 16:45

Dan Klyn – Warm Understanding (Keynote)

Richard Saul Wurman invented the field of information architecture, and has worked for more than 60 years at the intersection of structure and complexity. 30 years ago, he wrote the bestselling book Information Anxiety. Here in the 21st century, humans have never needed more help with our collective information anxiety. Wurman biographer Dan Klyn will share a presentation of antidotes to information anxiety, based on his explorations of Wurman’s vast oeuvre, including some show-and-tell with rare artifacts. You will learn to understand Wurman’s theory of information in terms of embodiment, and as a dialog between anxiety and architecture.

February 21, 13:30 – 17:30

Architecture Walk – «Sensing Bodies, Sacred Spaces»

In the course of a 4-hour walk, covering 4 km and 1700 years of history, this workshop offers participants a guided exploration of 3 different kinds of sacred space in Zurich. Along the way, we’ll take note of changes to our thoughts, our feelings, and our ability to understand as our bodies move through different types of structure in the built environment. To conclude the afternoon, participants will reflect together on the ways that our embodiment, and the understanding of  space and place we’re able to develop as embodied participants in the man-made environment, can inform the work we do on digital products and services.


Meeting Point:  Karl der Grosse

Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zürich


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