Architecture and information visulization and Bloomberg's new building
Two good articles about architecture and information visulization and Bloomberg's new building in Metropolis: Brand Central Station (by Alexandra Lange) and By The Numbers (by Peter Hall). Bloomberg's new offices indeed weave information, technology, and space into a seamless display of interior urban planning as the first article reports. The building architecture is meant to support the omnipresent flow of information (goods, people, and data)
I really like this phenomenon:
Employees rising on the escalator from the fifth floor even appear to move at exactly the same speed as the news and information graphics speeding about the screens. (...) "It wasn't just the video on the screen, it was the numbering system of the wayfinding--it's all tied in,"
The article By The Numbers (by Peter Hall) is a compelling account of how designers worked on this information art project.
Finally, the conclusion is relevant:
beyond the well-seized opportunity to make large graphic and architectural gestures, the treatment of information in the Bloomberg headquarters signals a shift in the way we perceive information. The data on ceiling-mounted screens caters to each department (sales figures for sales staff, network operations for the research and development people), and even the big-bellied numbers that fly across the larger screens are not abstracted but graphically contextualized and explained with accompanying text. The design conceit is that the flying data is actually useful. If the dawning of the Internet and the network society were greeted by design fetishizing information and reveling in that very 1990s trope of information overload, the 2000s have been marked by a desire to filter, parse, and deliver data in accessible form.