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The online project to demystify jargon in planning, urban design, architecture and engineering for a laugh.

I seek irreverent definitions jargon for the above professions. The irreverence that gets at the truth that hurts so much, it makes you laugh. Limit is 10-20 words. Choose from a working list see: Glossary to add a piece, or below to puruse and comment. Suggest Entry for the Glossary (Here)

Example: Stakeholders (n), 1. label, defines persons who are affected materially by a physical change but also most likely to be without the equity sufficient to alter or manage the process affecting them.  See: Loosers

Suggest additional jargon, blog tags and categories: (Here)

Please define any of the following irreverently yet truthfully (Here)

  • Accessibility: You need it if you can’t get there from here.
  • Anthropological vs. Sociological: Your body vs. you mind in space.
  • Architectural vs. Artistic:
  • Area (geography)
  • Bibliographic:
  • Cause vs. Effect:
  • Centrality (urban): The really big buildings are there.
  • Citizens: people born and from someplace legal
  • City vs. Town:
  • Climate Change:
  • Climate Proof: (Netherlands)
  • Climate Resilience (NYC)
  • Coherent vs Useful:
  • Complex vs Complicated:
  • Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science
    • (is if fair to debunk Bucky?)
  • Consensus Building vs Participation:
  • Design (urban interventions):
  • Design (policy making):
  • Districts:
  • Economics:
  • Empirical Research:
  • Evolution:
  • Form/shape vs Structure (urban):
  • Goal:
  • Growth:
  • Infrastructure:
  • Integration vs Interaction (processes):
  • Interview (qualitative vs quantitative?):
  • Land-use:
  • Loosers:
  • Macro-sociological vs Micro-sociological:
  • Management (within professions):
  • Mathematical vs Rational(e):
  • Metabolism (urban):
  • Method: A mindlessly repeatable process
  • Methodology: A repatable process with puishment capabilities
  • Metropolitan:
  • Metropolitan region:
  • Mobility (urban):
  • Model (projecting):
  • Model (socio-economic analysis):
  • Mono-centric (provide examples):
  • Multi-centric (provide examples):
  • Paradigm:
  • Planner (urban):
  • Plan/Planning (spatial):
  • Policy vs Politics:
  • Policy making:
  • Poly-centric (provide examples):
  • Predict vs other forecasts (like weather forecast)
  • Pro-active vs Re-active:
  • Process (planning)( please provide detailed examples):
  • Programs (within urban planning):
  • Projecting:
  • Qualitative (provide an example):
  • Quantitative (provide an example):
  • Questionnaires (types):
  • Regeneration (urban):
  • Rehabilitation (urban):
  • Resilience:
  • Revitalization (urban):
  • Sample (statistic):
  • Science/scientific/scientist:
  • Scouting:
  • Space vs Time:
  • Spatial:
  • Stakeholders: People affected by physical change and without equity
  • Stockholders: People that hold equity with accetance of risk
  • Strategy: Process used to take advantage while others remain unaware
  • Sustainable vs. Affordable:
  • System:
  • Technique/technical/technician:
  • Territory:
  • Tools:
  • Transit:
  • Type:
  • Typology:
  • Zoning:


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