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Sarah Hamilton

One word and definition, per post please.

 
Jan 16, 14 2:34 pm
Sarah Hamilton

Mine is Palimpsest.  I use it all the time!

Jan 16, 14 2:35 pm
BulgarBlogger

DICHOTOMY AND JUXTAPOSITION

Jan 16, 14 2:47 pm
SneakyPete

Diaphanous

Jan 16, 14 2:51 pm
citizen

Serpentine.

Jan 16, 14 3:27 pm
citizen

Fenestration.

Jan 16, 14 3:27 pm
spqr

objectivate

Jan 16, 14 3:45 pm
FRaC


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



Jan 16, 14 3:50 pm
Benjamin_

Typology

Jan 16, 14 3:51 pm
tintt

interstitial 

Jan 16, 14 3:54 pm
chigurh

basically

Jan 16, 14 3:59 pm
observant

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?"

Jan 16, 14 4:29 pm
SneakyPete

Did you come to that conclusion while flying over it?

Jan 16, 14 4:33 pm
observant

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?

Jan 16, 14 4:39 pm
Sarah Hamilton

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

 

I always hated the word datum.  

Jan 16, 14 4:59 pm
SneakyPete

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?

Jan 16, 14 5:18 pm
mespellrong

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

Jan 16, 14 5:58 pm
LITS4FormZ

1A. Interest (compounding or attraction)

1B. Proclivity 

Jan 16, 14 6:10 pm
observant

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.

Jan 16, 14 7:27 pm
gwharton

Problematic.

Also, articulated.

Jan 16, 14 7:29 pm

Parti.

Jan 16, 14 7:34 pm
insomniarch

Watchamacallit or Thingy

Jan 16, 14 7:37 pm
Thecyclist

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.

Jan 16, 14 7:49 pm
Volunteer

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

Jan 16, 14 10:18 pm
Benjamin_

Poche

Jan 17, 14 8:27 am

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

Jan 17, 14 8:31 am
SneakyPete

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

Jan 17, 14 8:58 am
Sarah Hamilton

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

Jan 17, 14 9:06 am
tim8506

tectonics

Jan 17, 14 9:58 am
Benjamin_

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

Jan 17, 14 10:07 am
tim8506

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

Jan 17, 14 10:21 am
Sarah Hamilton

What can I say, I like U's.

Jan 17, 14 10:26 am
Benjamin_

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

Jan 17, 14 10:39 am
observant

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

Jan 17, 14 11:35 am
mespellrong

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

Jan 17, 14 12:01 pm
Medusa

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

Jan 18, 14 12:57 pm
Medusa

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

Jan 18, 14 12:59 pm
Medusa

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

Jan 18, 14 1:02 pm
Reuben Alt

Gesamtkunstwerk

Jan 18, 14 1:16 pm
observant

NoDoz (R)*

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

* no, not a GOP candidate

Jan 18, 14 11:38 pm
taiwanchu

Bifucate (verb)-to divide in two.

Jan 19, 14 12:19 am
SiameseDream

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

Jan 19, 14 12:56 am
tintt

spelling nazi says bifucate needs an r to make bifurcate

Jan 19, 14 7:26 am
observant

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

Jan 19, 14 7:59 am

parti

juxtaposition

Jan 20, 14 9:42 am
SneakyPete

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..."

Jan 20, 14 9:57 am
thenewintern

vicinity

organic

Jan 20, 14 12:52 pm

Vernacular. 

Jan 20, 14 1:14 pm
observant

Fuck!

Often heard late at night.

Jan 20, 14 1:48 pm
s=r*(theta)

Phenomenology:

philosophical abstract understanding of awareness of position in space

Jan 20, 14 5:09 pm
Friendly6

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

Jan 20, 14 6:34 pm

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