Theoria is meaning | meaning of the vocabulary of the visual construct



a comprehensive urban plan of action also: master plan

contour drawing

Contour drawing is a technique of drawing lines to represent the contours of a subject, without shading or modelling of form.

area plan

Area plan is a plan showing the principal elements of a design project in the wider context of its surrounding environment.

analytical drawing

Analytical drawing relates to the drawing of lines to represent the three-dimensional structure and geometry of a form, proceeding generally from the whole to...

orthographic projection

Orthographic Projection is a way of drawing an 3D object from different directions. Usually a front, side and plan view is drawn so that a person looking...


A sketch is a simply or hastily executed drawing representing the essential features of an object or scene without the details often made as a preliminary...

axonometric projection

axonometric projection is the orthographic projection of a three-dimensional object inclined to the picture plane in such a way that its three principal axes...

hybrid drawing

any drawing that mixes and superimposes a variety of ideas, techniques or media into a new, meaningful image also: hybrid

descriptive geometry

the theory of making projections of three-dimensional objects on a plane surface in order to deduce their geometric properties and relationships.

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golden section

The division of a line so that the whole is to the greater part as that part is to the smaller part (i.e. in...


Non-uniform rational basis splines (NURBs) are curves and surfaces that introduce precision to the description of free-form surfaces. A NURBs curve is defined by its...

Voronoi diagram

A Voronoi diagram is the division of a space into contiguous neighbouring cells. The cells relate to a set of points ( Voronoi sites) in that...

Weaire-Phelan model

A regular assembly of two types of irregular polyhedral cells with twelve and fourteen faces, respectively, combined in the ratio or 2:6 in a...

Amman tiling

The Amman tiling is an aperiodic set of two tiles and a foursome of 'golden rhombohedra’, which form aperiodic tilings in three dimensions. The...

Vierendeel truss

The Vierendeel truss is one in which the numbers are not triangulated; the openings in the truss are polygonal, but not triangular. The frame has...


the external form, contours, or outline of something. also: shapes

irregular shape

A polygon that does not have all sides equal and all angles equal also: irregular polygon


a solid object with six square sides of equal size. variations: cube | cubes | cubic

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to form something by forcing or pushing it out. variations: cracking | crack | cracks | cracked


to become firmly embedded in a place… variations: lodge | lodged | lodging


to mark in a conspicuous way… variations: inscribing | inscribe | inscribed


to make larger or more extensive… variations: expanding | expand | expansion | expanded


to raise to a higher position or level… variations: lifting | lift | lifted | lifts


to enfold or encircle in or with something arranged in a loop... variations: loop | looped | loops | looping


to press or crush into irregular folds or into a compact mass, to bend out of shape, rumple, or wrinkle… variations: crumple | crumpling | crumpled


to remove or take out… variations: extract | extracting | extraction | extracts


to cause to become twisted together with or caught in… variations: entangled | tangle | entangle | entangler | entanglement

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a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole. keyword: system


the words used to express something; the way in which something is expressed. keyword: wording


one thickness, course, or fold laid or lying over or under another. keyword: layer


the action or process of moving or being moved. keyword: motion


a longer, less direct way to get where you're going; rerouting. keyword: detour


to unexpectedly be faced with or experience something. keyword: encounter


the fact of experiencing something or being affected by it because of being in a particular situation or place keyword: exposure


a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause. keyword: effect


The process or result of changing from one activity or style to another. keyword: crossover

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