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objectness The quality of being a distinct object. Example: 'I was astonished by [Norman Foster's Swiss Re building's] strangeness and its objectness, by its singularity, its monumentality' (Pimlott, 2003). Compare buildingness.
obliging urban design That which is supportive of a wide variety of people's interests (Worthington, 2003).
ocean-tide loading The twice-daily depression of land by the weight of tidal sea water. The amount of tidal bounce, as it is also known, varies according to tidal variation, topography and distance from the sea. Plymouth bounces by three inches, the greatest of any British city, compared to London's bounce of less than an inch. Measurements, made with global positioning systems, are taken into account in some major civil engineering projects.
oller (Liverpool) Waste ground.
on the streets At liberty. Example: 'In only five years the convicted killer would be on the streets again.'
one-hit design A building or structure whose design seems to have been based on only a single idea, usually to make a striking initial impression. See also wow factor.
open-end urbanism A process of changing places that allows for interruptions and change in response to new circumstances (Van Kuilenburg, 2004).
organ donor A cyclist. The grimly humorous term is used by staff of hospital accident and emergency departments.
origin A place from where people leave. Compare destination.
out-back (Geordie) An outside toilet.
overbuild (US) To build more homes in a particular area than the market will bear in the foreseeable future.
overfly A flyover.

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The world we have created today as a result of our thinking thus far has problems which can not be solved by thinking the way we thought when we created them.
Albert Einstein

   
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