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Architecture (n) The logical structure and pattern of relationships between component parts and distributed segments of static and dynamic systems.
Architecture (n) In the context of the built environment - ie buildings and their environs - this is the above definition applied to the systems of buildings - ie the spatial patterns of relationships between parts of the building or its local environment.
Empirical(a) Pertaining to observation of external reality.
Epistemic(a) / Epistemological(a) Pertaining to (human) knowledge.
Heuristics(n) Knowledge derived from experimentation, evaluation and trial-and-error - as opposed to knowledge based on theory.
Hermeneutics(n) The science of interpretation.
Holistic(a) The quality of (metaphorically) seeing a systems or system of systems as a whole, acknowledging all subsystems, components, interactions and boundaries.
Mereology(n) The study of part-whole relationships.
Ontic(a) / Ontological(a) Pertaining to external (underlying) reality and not superficial appearance.
Reduction(n) An explanation of a higher-level entity or behaviour (or system) in terms of lower level entities and/or behaviours.
Reductionistic(a) An explanation or mental model (of a system) that uses Reduction(n) to produce and understanding.
Reductionist(n) A person or method that favours Reductionistic(a) explanation.
Semiotics(n) The study of signs and symbols - comprising sematics, syntactics and pragmatics.
Systemic(a) Pertaining to a multiplicity or corpus of systems. In particular the modelling of something as a collection of interacting systems.
Systematic(a) In accordance with a system. In particular the application of analytical techniques in accordance with a system-based method.
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