I asked friends and family to help me define some words that keep popping up in my research. Here are some of my favorite responses so far (with some small edits).
-The ability to be broken down into parts and put back together in a new configuration.
-groups. blocks. clusters
-pieces that can happily live individually, but also can be multiplied and fit together to create new kinds of complexity/function
-Cookie cutter houses
-Small groups of things that can be combined into larger groups of things.
-2-3x, maybe 5, but definitely <10
-a collection of small things that have some relation to each other.
-Groups divided down into smaller groups to make something more manageable.
-Peas and carrots
-Roads, bridges, public transportation: the necessary components for a functioning developed society.
-The bones of a thing.
-stuff that enables other stuff to happen - a support network.
-literally "below structure" (thanks Latin class)
-Framework for processes or institutions
-crumbling when exposed to the dynamics of the real world, complicated when devised with in the mind
-The basic foundation of an urban center which includes roads, bridges, tunnels, water drainage, sewer system, water and electrical delivery systems to the population; pipes, tubes, wires, poles, towers, etc. The veins and arteries running throughout the city. Things that go under, over and through that make the city liveable. Lifeblood.
-The inner workings of anything functional. A team, a structure, a plan.
-Roads, Bridges and tunnels. Harlem. Crowded buildings.
-The dark corners of an otherwise lit area that can trick the eye.
-dont walk in shadowy places on the west side. hide in shadowy places during capture the flag. use shadowy places to scare friends
-buy drugs. and prostitutes. oh Bars I might want to drink at
-unintentional corners as biproducts of built stuff
-no sunshine here. Brrrr
-Underpasses and alleyways; dark places where creepy things may happen and danger lurks; places that arouse fear, real or imagined; places that cause you to walk by quickly or cross the street to safety and light. Shadowy places are scary because people are afraid of the dark. It is an evolutionary thing to be afraid of the dark. The lions and tigers will feed on you at dusk!
-Shadowy places are the discrete, dark corners of places where one can escape to enjoy a little solitude or observe the others around them.
-Fractals. But really, all patterns repeat or they aren't patterns, amirite?
-fiber, fabric. order.
-will we ever learn? helpful in understanding a place
-this is what life is all about even though we may not like it
-Obsessive quality to repeating patterns, but not in a bad way. A certain amount of comfort.
-Repeating patterns are things that you encounter over and over again - like geometrical patterns in stonework, or a small phrase or word you keep coming across. Repeating patterns can take many forms including in nature, in events, in fabrics, in masonry, in experiences.
-Fabric. Material. Things that happen in your youth seem to get repeated as you get older. Repeating behavioral patterns.
-A center of activity where people or things moving in different directions converge or meet briefly on their way somewhere.
-a junction point where things move from one place to another.
-a multi-part exchange: A gives to B gives to C gives to A, e.g.
-barter swap trade
-place where different motives collide
-like interchangeable parts.
-An interchange is where a group of roads or other thoroughfares converge and provide off shoots to each other to allow choices in which direction to continue
-A point where objects in a system can choose to enter or exit certain paths.
-Sharing of ideas and culture.
-Left behind, unwanted.
-improperly disposed of. divorced from its band-mates.
-uselessness unneeded alone
-forgotten, misplaced, result of neglect
-vacant or unfinished
-No longer kept up or looked after.
-Left for dead
-no friends, they were here, but they left
-Dropped. Lost. Forgotten. Run-down. Sad. Lonely. Sagging. Pealing paint. Loose shutters. Deserted. Broken windows. Rusty. Crumbling. Forlorn. Tumble weeds and wind whistling. Leaky roof. Broken pipes. A bare light bulb in the ceiling. Loose floor boards. Single beds on rusty frames with sagging mattresses. Dark hallways. Broken steps. Mildew and mold. Overgrown bushes and grass. Cracked sidewalks. Rusted car in the front yard. A tree swing hanging in the tree.
-No longer inhabited by people.
-Left to your own devices. A child who is abandoned is left to fend for himself/herself. Even adults are abandoned. Emotionally, for ex. a divorce. If someone is fired, they are left abandoned. You abandon a car. In a divorce, you are abandoning your wife.
-(Urban) areas where they only option for acquiring groceries is something like a 7-11 or gas station, places which carry -instant foods but not fruits, vegetables, and ingredients.
-Places where there is no food.
-places that don't/can't grow a certain % of food locally.
-i worked on properties near 5th and 65th and there was nothing to eat for lunch except for diamonds, furs and fine china.
-so hungry, but grocery shopping is too far away. lets just order delivery.
-When there is no grocery store (specifically one with healthy food options) within a one mile radius of an apartment building or house.
-Sturdy building blocks made of clay that last a long time and can indicate the strength or age of a building.
-Legos. Cocaine. Benefit Street.
-solid. structure. system
-standardized system for constructing various things
-red; stackable; foundation
-Building blocks (physically and metaphorically). Solid. Strong foundation.
-Bricks typically take on the aforementioned "repeating pattern"
-Substantial. If someone builds a brick house they are financially secure.
-An extravagant show with multiple performances or performance types.
-something to watch or observe that draws a crowd
-awesome to awful
-woah thats weird
-Flashy often without meaning.
-look at that!
-Sound and light. Colors. Excitement. A spectacle can be a creative endeavor for the entertainment of others which would include sound and light and costumes and colors and music. Hopefully for the spectator, the spectacle is spectacular.
-An over the top scene - either positive or negative which captures the attention of those nearby.
-Eyeglasses. A scene. An argument. "He put on quite a spectacle. He made a fool of himself."
-Alternately, a monocle. Usually used by oil or railroad barons.
-Inserting oneself into a situation to affect change.
-to change the course of something.
-stop change rescue
-interrupted for change
-I associate this with addiction; the need to step in and create change
-You have medical intervention when a patient is ill. That's a good thing. But the word intervention creates some problems for me because in some cases, other than medical, it can have a "butt-insky" quality to it. Trying to fix something where maybe one is substituting his/her judgement for someone else's. You must carefully examine your intentions before taking action to "fix" something for someone else or for the community. Ask yourself, why am I doing this? What is my role in the process? Is it a real problem or is it my own perception?
-Something that Is introduced to facilitate a change
-A stopping of something. A cessation. An interruption. Stopping the progress of whatever is. Parental intervention for safety of children.
-Urban decay or spots on plant leaves. Death/decay in an area which should be thriving.
-a disease that makes crops useless and spreads on its own
-A plague, or a mark indicating a negative distinction.
-thorn in my side
-Urban blight. (see abandoned above)
-A tremendous problem
-Mess as it relates to neighborhoods. Agriculture.
-Someone who is an outlaw fighting against a probably unjust regime, often using underground tactics
-Using the element of surprise and hiding the identity of the acting party.
fighting style in which smaller adversary employs tactics that put them at an advantage.
-Asymmetric, cellular in nature. Adaptive and rapidly changing based off popular support rather than institutional direction.
-strong forceful stalwart
-not publicly established fighter, "fighter" sometimes used more loosely to represent anyone trying to achieve change
-take control take advantage send a message
-Scrappy, with whats at hand.
-Without official sanction.
-Badass, no-holds-barred Warriors.
-A sin (Lord's prayer). More generally, going onto private property without permission.
-Going somewhere you're not allowed to.
-Violate a legal, physical or other border into another's physical or intellectual realm or domain.
-step over the line, invade, without permission
-right to roam
-no one owns anything. we all die sometime
-property, mysterious owners
-Get out of my yard!
-To cross a line set by others.
-To enter a privately owned or controlled territory without permission.