gloss­ary — pro­ject title

gloss­ary — related

Scal­ing

Increas­ing a cer­tain aspect of a pro­ject or sys­tem, for example the num­ber of par­ti­cipants, the num­ber of con­nec­tions, ele­ment size, the geo­graph­ic­al area, or the dur­a­tion. Although scal­ing is a desir­able prin­ciple in many cases, for example when a bene­fi­cial prac­tice increases its reach, scal­ing is also prob­lem­at­ic as some mech­an­isms do not smoothly trans­fer from one scale to anoth­er, or in some cases do not trans­fer at all. 

Mater­i­al

Stuff and arte­facts which need to be trans­por­ted between the site of their pro­duc­tion and site of their use and — unlike digit­al com­mons — this involves urb­an logist­ics of some kind.

Urb­an

Events and pro­cesses that occur and oper­ate in the con­text of the infra­struc­tur­al, archi­tec­tur­al cul­tur­al con­text of the city, char­ac­ter­ised by dens­ity, het­ero­gen­eity, serendip­ity and emergence. 

Com­mons

Resources that are avail­able for use or con­sump­tion for a spe­cified com­munity, where the very same com­munity nego­ti­ates and man­ages the dis­tri­bu­tion and, if needed, the pro­duc­tion of the resource. Com­mon­ing is a care-based prac­tice that con­sti­tutes a socioeco­nom­ic altern­at­ive to cap­it­al­ist means of production.

City Mak­ing

Scout­ing or gen­er­at­ing loc­al best prac­tices with trans­form­at­ory poten­tial and invest­ig­at­ing how one might scale them up and sta­bil­ise them on a lar­ger scale.

ima­gin­ary

A share­able image of how the future can look like. It can be activ­ated by a hybrid of exper­i­ences of our cur­rent world and spec­u­lat­ive pro­pos­als that extend these exper­i­ences toward an under­stand­ing of poten­tial future con­di­tions. Increas­ing the future com­pon­ent in the ima­gin­ary means enga­ging with uncer­tain­ties. Nego­ti­at­ing ima­gin­ar­ies means cre­at­ing fric­tion. How­ever, the grav­ity of relate­able ima­gin­ar­ies with suf­fi­cient detail will help to over­come the feel­ing of being over­whelmed by the task of trans­form­ing urb­an infrastructures.

gloss­ary

Scal­ing

Increas­ing a cer­tain aspect of a pro­ject or sys­tem, for example the num­ber of par­ti­cipants, the num­ber of con­nec­tions, ele­ment size, the geo­graph­ic­al area, or the dur­a­tion. Although scal­ing is a desir­able prin­ciple in many cases, for example when a bene­fi­cial prac­tice increases its reach, scal­ing is also prob­lem­at­ic as some mech­an­isms do not smoothly trans­fer from one scale to anoth­er, or in some cases do not trans­fer at all. 

Mater­i­al

Stuff and arte­facts which need to be trans­por­ted between the site of their pro­duc­tion and site of their use and — unlike digit­al com­mons — this involves urb­an logist­ics of some kind.

Urb­an

Events and pro­cesses that occur and oper­ate in the con­text of the infra­struc­tur­al, archi­tec­tur­al cul­tur­al con­text of the city, char­ac­ter­ised by dens­ity, het­ero­gen­eity, serendip­ity and emergence. 

Com­mons

Resources that are avail­able for use or con­sump­tion for a spe­cified com­munity, where the very same com­munity nego­ti­ates and man­ages the dis­tri­bu­tion and, if needed, the pro­duc­tion of the resource. Com­mon­ing is a care-based prac­tice that con­sti­tutes a socioeco­nom­ic altern­at­ive to cap­it­al­ist means of production.

gloss­ary — related words

City Mak­ing

Scout­ing or gen­er­at­ing loc­al best prac­tices with trans­form­at­ory poten­tial and invest­ig­at­ing how one might scale them up and sta­bil­ise them on a lar­ger scale.

ima­gin­ary

A share­able image of how the future can look like. It can be activ­ated by a hybrid of exper­i­ences of our cur­rent world and spec­u­lat­ive pro­pos­als that extend these exper­i­ences toward an under­stand­ing of poten­tial future con­di­tions. Increas­ing the future com­pon­ent in the ima­gin­ary means enga­ging with uncer­tain­ties. Nego­ti­at­ing ima­gin­ar­ies means cre­at­ing fric­tion. How­ever, the grav­ity of relate­able ima­gin­ar­ies with suf­fi­cient detail will help to over­come the feel­ing of being over­whelmed by the task of trans­form­ing urb­an infrastructures.