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Acronym for Building Information Modeling, a term that define processes of generating and manipulating building data, generally achieved with the use of parametric modeling software. Source: J. Bal...

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A type of paraline drawing; an orthographic projection of an object - such as building - on a plane inclined all three principal axes. Alludes to the three-dimensional but without perspective. Archite...

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An imaginary straight line that divides any space or figure into two portions. Axes in diagrams take a cue from their mathematical use as reference line for coordinate hierarchies of cause and effect....

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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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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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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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