DesignMENA’s design-meanings: The Urbanist Dictionary

The desire to imprint one’s dreams and visions onto the fabric of urban society lies at the heart of every architect – so, let’s face it, the profession has its share of pretension.

And nowhere can this be made more apparent than in language.

The use of “archi-terms” is a way of showing you are part of the zeitgeist, the thoughts of the age, un spirit de l’epoche, even.

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So here are our top “archibabble” expressions (some of which we had a the pleasure of coining):

Architorture – the act of reviewing the work of undergraduate students.

Hypnotecture – a dizzying colour scheme designed to dazzle – but more likely to bring on a headache.

Blobitecture – a building that takes on an organic form for no real reason

Biotect – a term coined by US environmental “Earthship” designer Michael “Mike” Reynolds (see also Greenitect)

Sparsitect – a minimalist designer

Architact- the act of pulling one’s punches when reviewing a rival’s design

Bigitect – a grandiose visionary

Sarcitect – a sarcastic architect

Barkitect – an architect’s dog

Archisect – a group religious fanatics who also happen to be architects

Architexture – building design that appeals to the sense of touch

ArchiTexMex – building design in the Central American style

ArchiT-Rex – an architect so out of touch as to be deemed a dinosaur

And – don’t forget – designMENA’s favourite Starchitect…a designer at the very top of the profession – who archi-nemesis is – wait for it: an “anti-architect”.

If you know of anymore “archi-terms” or want to take a stab at making some of your own terms up – do share in the comment box!

 

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2 Responses to DesignMENA’s design-meanings: The Urbanist Dictionary

  1. Rob Willock says:

    How about Sharkitect – a predatory architect with bite; or Quarkitect – an architect operating with the fundamental building blocks of life?

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