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Favourite word from Architecture School

Jan 16 '14 63 Last Comment
Sarah Hamilton
Jan 16, 14 2:34 pm

One word and definition, per post please.

 

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 16, 14 2:35 pm

Mine is Palimpsest.  I use it all the time!

BulgarBlogger
Jan 16, 14 2:47 pm

DICHOTOMY AND JUXTAPOSITION

SneakyPete
Jan 16, 14 2:51 pm

Diaphanous

citizen
Jan 16, 14 3:27 pm

Serpentine.

citizen
Jan 16, 14 3:27 pm

Fenestration.

spqr
Jan 16, 14 3:45 pm

objectivate

FRaC
Jan 16, 14 3:50 pm


configuration - an arrangement of parts or elements (from Doug Graf!)



Benjamin_
Jan 16, 14 3:51 pm

Typology

there is no there
Jan 16, 14 3:54 pm

interstitial 

chigurh
Jan 16, 14 3:59 pm

basically

observant
Jan 16, 14 4:29 pm

fabric - generally meant to be context, milieu, or something like that; usually in reference to urban configuration and its intangible feel; used to gauge how well a project will fit into that, or act as a catalyst for changing its status quo. 

I find architects and archispeak can be so annoying, yet here I am playing along.

I much prefer something like "You know, that Pittsburgh, sitting on a point where those rivers come together, and with all those bridges coming in from tunnels and so forth, has a kick ass downtown.  Somethin' about it feels right, you know what I mean?"

SneakyPete
Jan 16, 14 4:33 pm

Did you come to that conclusion while flying over it?

observant
Jan 16, 14 4:39 pm

Pete, are you still on the rag today?

Once you hit the PA border, you are officially in the Northeast, and that's not flyover.  Don't you know how America's states are organized as regions?  Slept much in geography class, did you?

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 16, 14 4:59 pm

Everyone knows the only region that matters is TEXAS.  Ok.  Sorry.  Moving on….

 

I always hated the word datum.  

SneakyPete
Jan 16, 14 5:18 pm

Interesting. So if I am East of the Western PA border, were you wrong about me living in a flyover area or are you wrong about PA being the border of the Northeast?

mespellrong
Jan 16, 14 5:58 pm

Lunchbox. As in, "That critic was a Lunchbox." 

LITS4FormZ
Jan 16, 14 6:10 pm

1A. Interest (compounding or attraction)

1B. Proclivity 

observant
Jan 16, 14 7:27 pm

Interesting. So if I am East of the Western PA border, were you wrong about me living in a flyover area or are you wrong about PA being the border of the Northeast?

1.  You are flyover in your mentality

2.  It sounds like you live in Pittsburgh.  Well, if you do, good for you.  Pittsburgh is in a Northeastern state with PIT being a blend zone of Eastern and Midwestern sensibilities, and the middle part of PA being full of redneck deer hunters and many football crazed hillbillies who were willing to drink the Kool Aid rather than point fingers at Penn State and Joe Paterno.

3.  It's quite all right.  We have snively types on the coasts, too.  Architects, as a whole, are sadly overly PC and many make great male feminists.  They are exactly the kinds of guys the pop out baby diaper changers in men's restrooms were intended for, yet I've never seen one be used. 

4.  You're an idiot.  The fact that you've chosen Sneaky in your handle is probably indicative of something hypocritical and duplicitous.

5. Archi-word:  gesture - the notion that, through a geometric feature, a building conveys an action, toward its viewer, its neighboring buildings, a natural feature, or its general surroundings, as it curtsying or taken off its hat as a sign of respect.

gwharton
Jan 16, 14 7:29 pm

Problematic.

Also, articulated.

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jan 16, 14 7:34 pm

Parti.

insomniarch
Jan 16, 14 7:37 pm

Watchamacallit or Thingy

Thecyclist
Jan 16, 14 7:49 pm

Fuck it!

Verb.

A two word phrase uttered within the final hours leading up to a major presentation usually to signify the project is completed to perfection.

Volunteer
Jan 16, 14 10:18 pm

Architectonic. It can mean anything you want it to mean.

Benjamin_
Jan 17, 14 8:27 am

Poche

Donna SinkDonna Sink
Jan 17, 14 8:31 am

Ooh, I also like poche. Nice one, Benjamin.

SneakyPete
Jan 17, 14 8:58 am

I love reading wrong assumptions about me. It brightens my day.

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 17, 14 9:06 am

I like poche and parti.  Cyclist, I love your definition!

Tim VisitsuttapongTim Visitsuttapong
Jan 17, 14 9:58 am

tectonics

Benjamin_
Jan 17, 14 10:07 am

Spelling words with an extra "u" in the middle. 

Tim VisitsuttapongTim Visitsuttapong
Jan 17, 14 10:21 am

I like tectonics too volunteer. If it's a large church it's tec-nun-nics. amiright?? please don't ban me, this is my first discussion

Sarah Hamilton
Jan 17, 14 10:26 am

What can I say, I like U's.

Benjamin_
Jan 17, 14 10:39 am

As a Canadian, I am forced to like them too. 

observant
Jan 17, 14 11:35 am

charrette - funny, I newer saw anyone wheeling around a cart to pick up the drawings when the curtain fell.

mespellrong
Jan 17, 14 12:01 pm

Gauloise -- a person who cites Deleuze and Guattari as if it means something.

Medusa
Jan 18, 14 12:57 pm

Prauge - every studio critic's favorite city to name drop

Medusa
Jan 18, 14 12:59 pm

gestalt - wtf is this even? I heard it so many times in school.

Medusa
Jan 18, 14 1:02 pm

Phenomenology - another wtf word you graduate architecture school not really understanding

Reuben Alt
Jan 18, 14 1:16 pm

Gesamtkunstwerk

observant
Jan 18, 14 11:38 pm

NoDoz (R)*

... as in "do you have any?"

* no, not a GOP candidate

taiwanchu
Jan 19, 14 12:19 am

Bifucate (verb)-to divide in two.

SIAMESE DREAM
Jan 19, 14 12:56 am

Archigram.... I wish I had invented this word.

there is no there
Jan 19, 14 7:26 am

spelling nazi says bifucate needs an r to make bifurcate

observant
Jan 19, 14 7:59 am

quite, for the commentator to buy time, space, and/or reinforce a point

- the scheme is quite simple

- the elevations are quite heavy-handed

- the works of this architect were quite organic

Dennis Lewis jrDennis Lewis jr
Jan 20, 14 9:42 am

parti

juxtaposition

SneakyPete
Jan 20, 14 9:57 am

observant, that reminds me of how we were coached to use the word "simply" in lieu of "just" so we didn't sound like we had copped out.

 

"This is just an example of the concept..." vs "This is simply an example of the concept..."

thenewintern
Jan 20, 14 12:52 pm

vicinity

organic

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 20, 14 1:14 pm

Vernacular. 

observant
Jan 20, 14 1:48 pm

Fuck!

Often heard late at night.

s=r*(theta)
Jan 20, 14 5:09 pm

Phenomenology:

philosophical abstract understanding of awareness of position in space

Friendly6
Jan 20, 14 6:34 pm

I prefer poche and iteration, which is used never in the singular due to the mass quantities of models.

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