How is it possible to design a non-linear lexicon?
This work introduces an interconnected lexicon which builds an open-ended architectural vocabulary. It generates the method of an ongoing PhD research on understanding the concept of void in architecture with an interdisciplinary approach. It discusses architecture through an intangible concept and this discussion evolves into an interactive lexicon based on relational concepts adopted from different disciplines.
The aim of this work is not forming a dictionary with definitions of specific words in a linear alphabetical order but unravelling relational meanings and hidden concepts as an interconnected unity. Every concept has complex meanings within the relations it has. These relations create different patterns and “clusters” which are in constant change. It introduces an interdisciplinary reading method by collecting different “encounters” related to the main concept. Each encounter from different fields adds a new related concept and/or relational pattern to the lexicon.
This work is formed with the emphasis on complex relations and non-linear thinking. It is a digital lexicon developed via a complex mapping software program and includes conceptual relations, clusters of concepts, visual images, and explanation notes. This open-ended lexicon will be updated constantly and can be followed via the website.

How to read the lexicon
The lexicon has different layers/ clusters such as main concept (in this case void), different states of the concept (synonyms and antonyms), encounters (examples from different disciplines), secondary concepts (related concepts introduced by each encounter) and mediators (hidden concepts mediating to understand the main concept).
Visitors are welcome to play with the lexicon by clicking on specific concepts and/or different clusters. Playing with the complex unity and breaking the scale provide different readings for each audience.

Türkan Oya Ekmekci Geronymakis

*Special thanks to Ayşe Şentürer, Semra Aydınlı, Funda Uz, Bilal Ekmekci and Jannis Geronymakis.