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performalism

performalism  n.— «Grobman and Neuman call the new trend in architecture “performalism,” a term that is derived from the words “performance” (the way in which a building and urban planning in general function, and...

plywood palazzo

plywood palazzo  n.— «Wherever they are found, they share common features: large atrium-style hallways, showpiece kitchens, multiple bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, built-in garage and garden statuary; a style familiar to viewers of the...

teaser parking

teaser parking  n.— «Because of the definition of the new urbanism concept, the architecture of the theater had to be redesigned into creating one entrance in the front with teaser parking, and then creating a separate entrance in the...

dome of obedience

dome of obedience  n.— «Maybe now you can get one of those new MICH helmets to wear. No more headaches like the kevlar “dome of obedience.” So comfortable, it doubles as a pillow…no shit.» —“SGT Shawn Snyder—Sniper...

Haitian happiness

Haitian happiness  n.— «At breakfast I learned that Chuck was ill. Dr. Paul put him on an IV so that he would not be dehydrated. Diarrhea is called “Haitian Happiness,” but Chuck did not look very happy.» —“The...

seat of ease

seat of ease  n.— «False Rail.—A rail fayed down upon the upper side of the main or upper rail of the head. It is to strengthen the head-rail, and forms the seat of ease at the after end next the bow.» —by Richard W. Meade A...