A draft heteroglossary

by vasilysitnikov

ar·chi·tec·ture   [är′kĭ-tĕk′chər]

The art and science of designing and erecting buildings. | The art of designing and science of erecting, or the art of erecting and science of designing? The very definition leaves us in uncertainty, blending together art and science, process and its result, objective and subjective.

CAD   [kad]

The analysis and/or design, and/or modeling, and/or simulation, and/or layout of building design with the aid of a computer. | Such a design practice as no other demands active decision making, challenges designer to be creative and logical at the same time.

dig·i·tal   [dĭj′ĭ-tl]

Expressed in discrete numerical form, especially for use by a computer or other electronic device: digital information. | A digital object, be it a 3D model, text, sketch drawing, algorithm, or photograph exceeds its historical, pre-digital meaning, and allows to be studied, analyzed and modified indefinitely in a quantitative way.

in·no·va·tion   [ĭn′ə-vā′shən]

The act of introducing something new. | Perhaps due to the simplicity of this definition innovations are flooding the world. Yet, the term does not account for any quality apart of newness, though it has a strong connotation to technological progress and capital. A symptomatic gnome of our time says “white is the new black” – an introduction of a new color is a genius marketing tool. May it be that the financial aspect makes it different from the modern ‘invention’?

 sus·tain·a·ble   [sə-stā′nə-bəl]

Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment. |  In the environmental discourse, the term ‘sustainable’ contains all the desirable qualities of a good environmental design. Yet, how can we assess a long-term effect, acknowledging that we can’t afford a 100 years long empirical testing? With all due respect, a popular motto “keep it in the ground” doesn’t help as much as it renders radical the environmentalist’s movement.