Planners concerned about transparency, accessibility and participation within the planning process need to be careful when using the following words as they can isolate a conversation from the broader public. Being able to break a topic down and explain it in simple language is key.
Agglomeration: “a heap or cluster of usually disparate elements <urbanagglomerations knit together by the new railways… This suburb has become just a vast agglomeration of houses, people, and cars.”
Dichotomy: “a difference between two opposite things : a division into two opposite groups.”
Intersectionality: “focuses its attention on a variety of multi-level intersecting social locations, forces, factors and power structures that shape and influence life.”
Permeability: The ability of a liquid or molecule to flow through a material. Ex: Loosely packed gravel is has a higher permeability than compressed soil.
Synergistic: Active Synergy – “the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together.”
Typology: “a system used for putting things into groups according to how they are similar : the study of how things can be divided into different types.”