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A diagram that delineates the dominant organizational or formal concept governing an architectural scheme. From French, literally, the big idea. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming the Bi...

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Figure - Ground

The perception of images via distinguishing objects from background by contrast. Also refers to contexts wherein the distinction is ambiguous. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming the...

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Positive and Negative Space

Terms used in discussing overall organization of an image or form. Related to figure-ground. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming the Big Idea: methods for architectural composition....

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Design Thinking

A practice for discerning, analyzing and composing systems of order, wherein critical assessment is balanced with generative and iterative creation. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming th...

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Archetype

An ideal form that existing things approach but never duplicate. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming the Big Idea: methods for architectural composition.

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Analysis

A detailed examination of the parts or structure of something, the process of separating something into its constituent elements. Derived from the Greek for 'unbundling', it is often contrasted with s...

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Footprint

In architectural convention, the reduction of buildings to the plan outline of the entire building without interior detail. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming the Big Idea: methods for a...

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Contrast

An Abrupt shift in weight and/or intensity. Source: J. Balmer., M.T. Swisher. Diagramming the Big Idea: methods for architectural composition.  

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Abstract

Abstract is no longer essential,but synthetical. It is not refined (reduced or extracted) information, but condensed information (compressed in order to be multiplied). Abstract meaning economic: diag...

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