World Unwrapped Dictionary

Our Words & Phrases

Intercultural Urbanism: seeks to blend the physical form of the city with the cultural diversity the city contains. Set at the intersection of urbanism, community, public policy and cultural diversity, this interdisciplinary perspective draws from multiple disciplines to envision a city that embraces all its people and doesn’t ignore or silence the minority communities in planning or urban spaces.

Equicity: [created by Cheryl Walker ’15] ek-wi-sidē is the quality of being or potential to impart fairness and justice through common ownership and deep admiration and valuation of an urban space.

Dreamscaping: [created by Christian Kochon ’15]dreem-skeyp-ing is an ethereal concept, the art of speaking our realities into existence; it allows for the creation of spaces where collaborative efforts can endure in order to make real today, our dreams of tomorrow.

Urbanscope: [created by Cheryl Walker ’15] ur-buh n-skohp has three definitions: 1. the opportunity to give space for movement or activity in cities and local communities; 2. having an aim or purpose in looking at, reading, or investigating an urban area with appreciation; and 3. the extent or range of views, outlooks, applications, operations and effectiveness of urban policy.

Words We Use Often

awareness: [uhwair-nis] is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns. {Wikipedia}

equity: [ek-wi-tee] something that is fair and just {}; justice in the way people are treated {Merriam Webster}

displacement: [dis-pleys-muh nt] the moving of something from its place or position {Google}; (specifically of people) the forced movement of people from their locality or environment and occupational activities. {UNESCO}

gentrification: [jen-truh-fi-key-shuh n] the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals,thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses. {}

renewal: [ri-noouh l] the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again {Merriam Webster}; (specifically urban renewal) land redevelopment in areas of moderate to high density urban land use {Wikipedia}

revitalization: [ree-vahyt-l-ahyz-ey-shun] To impart new life or vigor to {the free dictionary}; to make (someone or something) active, healthy, or energetic again {Merriam Webster}

sustainable: [suhstey-nuh-buh l] a system that maintains its own viability, able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process {}; (specifically sustainable development) a process for meeting human development goals while sustaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services {Wikipedia}