The theory and practice of building design, including structure, styles, history, internal environment, nanofabrication and assembly, virtual sim, sentient and sub-sentient interactiveness, and virch and hard-copy illustration.
Architect - Text by M. Alan Kazlev There are only a few few non-ai architects. Generally ai, aioids, and virtuals design conventional buildings and dwellings, as part of the overall habitat or city, working with other ai or ai subroutines that manage urban planning, construction, and landscaping. Those people who want to customize their own dwelling will do so themselves, usually with the help of expert systems and implanted knowledge-bases. Occasionally however a biont or vec architect may be hired.
Biocity - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss A city or urban area created and maintained primarily through biotech ("wet" tech) methods and materials, and consisting of living organisms or their products (bone, wood, coral, shell, and so on) as opposed to one constructed using non-living "dry" tech and associated materials such as concrete, steel, glass, stone, diamondoid, or corundumoid.
Maximalism - Text by Stephen Inniss An artistic movement, the successor to Modernism, that arose in the middle Information Age and remained widespread through to the dawn of the First Federation. Characterized by the use of complexity and detail.
Mincity - Text by Anders Sandberg Famous Minimal Surface City on Corona, originally founded by Kalmanto Aesthetics in 5409 as a rebellion against the old-fashioned building codes, an AI entropy tax haven and an artwork. The city, covering a few square kilometers of southern Casamalunna, has become the virtual capital of Corona, home to a large number of AI luminaries and virtualities. The periodic redesigns draw a large spectator crowd.
Minimal Surface City - Text by M. Alan Kazlev A city designed according to strict geometrical principles, so as to ensure minimal surfaces without compromising functionalism or aesthetic design.
Patternism, Clade Patternism - Text by Stephen Inniss The study of the deep seated cultural and aesthetic biases and resulting societal patterns specific to certain clades, and the way these produce and are produced by the physical environment and how they can be manipulated by memetic influence.
Surrealtors - Text by Michael Walton Skilled designers of virtual environments - Practitioners of this interdisciplinary art are part architect, part computer programmer, part artist and part psychotherapist.
Technobylatic - Text by Anders Sandberg Adj., referring to the techno-religious style known as Lesser Machtet. The meaning is a pun on the Anglic prefix techno-, and the Olykky word nobylatiz, uncollapsed/uncollapsable wave function. Originally a derogatory term for Lesser Machtet, but gradually accepted as the standard name for the style.