30 in-form-actions: A Matrix of Formal Vocabulary

in-FORM-action is a wordplay on the word information and form.

The key idea is set on a collection of operational terms used to describe movement and action in architectural form. Working as a design tool, it reinforces the idea of design as an actionable process, where the form is regenerated by the use of active vocabularies.

Here are a few examples of this formal lexicon:

bend blk

bend // to cause to assume a curved or angular shape…

branch blkbranch // to divide into one or more subdivisions…

carve blkcarve // cut in order to produce an object…

Compress blkcompress // to flatten, squeeze or press by pressure…

embed_Blkembed // to fix firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass…

expand blkexpand // to make larger or more extensive…

extract blkextract // to remove or take out…

extrude blkextrude // to push or press out…

Fracture blkfracture // to break or cause to crack…

grade blk

grade // a step or stage in a course or process…

inflate blkinflate // to increase by a large or excessive amount…

Inscribe blkinscribe // to mark in a conspicuous way…

intelock_blkinterlock // to engage with each other by overlapping…

intersect_blkintersect // to divide ‘something’ by passing or lying across it…

lift_blklift // to raise to a higher position or level…

lodge blklodge // to become firmly embedded in a place…

merge blkmerge // to combine or cause to combine to form a single entity…

nest blknest // to fit (an object or objects) inside a larger one…

Notch_shadenotch // the indentation or incision on an edge or surface…

Offset blkoffset // to have an equal and opposite force or effect…

overlap blkoverlap // to extend over so as to cover partly…

pinch_blkpinch // to grip tightly and sharply…

Puncture blkpuncture // to pierce or perforate in…

rotate blkrotate // to move or cause to move in a circle round an axis or centre…

shear_blkshear // to break off or cause to break off…

shift blkshift // move or cause to move from one place to another…

skew blkskew // to suddenly change direction or position…

split blksplit // to break or cause to break forcibly into parts…

taper_blktaper // to diminish or reduce in thickness towards one end…

twist blktwist // to rotate around a stationary point…


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