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New horizons for IA: 2006 Information Architecture Retreat

IA in Chile

Web Development in Latin America has grown organically and in an informal way. Demand for rigorous design processes has grown slowly, but some of the major cities have still managed to develop small communities of IA practice, such is the case of Santiago de Chile. This group has already organized a seminar and built a website.

Chile 's government is a strong advocator for information architecture, usability, accessibility and standards compliance, and there's a growing need to educate a new generation of local IAs in order to satisfy this growing demand.

The retreat

As in past retreats, we will explore the latest trends in Information Architecture, but this time we will also discuss challenges of practicing IA in different world regions. We'll look at the similarities and differences of our different market contexts and how these affect our practice.

This new retreat will be a space to gather the IA pioneers of Chile and other Latin American countries with their Northern-hemisphere peers.

This is your perfect excuse to visit this distant country for a good reason, and you'll also get a nice chance to pamper yourself with the local food and world-famous wines.

Dates & Schedule

The retreat will be held thru November 10-12, 2006

  • Friday 10th
    • 17 PM: Departure from School of Engineering , Universidad de Chile en Santiago de Chile.
    • 20 PM: Hotel Check-In
    • 21:30 PM: , Grill at the Hotel's pool deck. Salads and vegetarian options considered.
    • Night at Hotel, single or double rooms
  • Saturday 11th
    • 07:00 AM: Buffet Breakfast
    • 08:00 AM: Presentations
    • 10:30 AM: Coffee break
    • 11:00 AM: Presentations
    • 13:30 PM: Lunch at Hotel
    • 15:00 PM: Presentations
    • 17:00 PM: Coffee break
    • 17:30 PM: Presentations
    • 19:30 PM: Day end
    • 21:30 PM: Dinner Pizzeria “Chamán” Hotel
    • Night at Hotel, single or double rooms
  • Sunday 12th
    • 07:00 AM: Buffet Breakfast
    • 08:00 AM: Presentations
    • 10:00 AM: Event closing
    • 10:30 AM: Museum Visit
    • 12:30 PM: Hotel Check out
    • 13:30 PM : Lunch at Viña Santa Cruz
    • 15:30 PM: Visit to Winery
    • 17:30 PM: Leave for Santiago
    • 20:30 PM : School of Engineering , Universidad de Chile


Costs and Registration

  • The package price is CL $ 218.377 (about US 412) which includes a single or double room and all meals for one person and busride.
  • People bringing family will have to pay for extra meals.
  • Complimentary WIFI in all the hotel.
  • The person at the hotel handling the reservations is María Luz Cabezón , marialuz@hscp.cl Tel: +56-72-209 631
This pricetag covers:
  • Hotel Room (single or double)
  • Meeting Room
  • Food - all meals included
  • Land transport from and to Santiago
  • Visit to Winery

We expect all this to add up to a fee of around US$500 to US$600 - we'll be using a four star hotel.

Given the huge interest in this meeting so far, and the limited availability of only 40 seats, we'll be registreing people according to their experience in the field: resumes will be required for application.

23/10: Only 10 seats available.

Santa Cruz – our venue

The town of Santa Cruz is located in the Colchagua valley, one of the rich agricultural areas of central Chile , distinguished as the world's best wine region 2005. The town of Santa Cruz is surrounded by wineries and is the typical example of life in the Chilean countryside, and has a nice wine route including some of the country's best wineries, and some gorgeous antique mansions.

At the coastal end of the Colchagua valley, about 45 mins from Santa Cruz , you can find the town of Pichilemu , Chile 's surf capital.

Santa Cruz Hotel

We'll be staying at the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel, a four star hotel located in the heart of Colchagua valley. It is designed in colonial style and decorated with antique furniture, art and traditional country tools.

Museo de Colchagua, this museum has collections of Paleontology, Mapuche Silverworks, Pre-columbian Art, Colonial Pieces plus a carriage and antique car set.

There are also wine route tours and a wine train that crosses this valley. Our retreat will include visits to the museum and wineries, as time allows.



Page updated: 10/23/06
Contact: Javier Velasco : jvelasco at dcc dot uchile dot cl


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