New Lexiconisms

Levent Şentürk

Published Apr 14, 2021

Social sciences are already within a new era of encyclopedism: While knowledge grows at an extremely high speed in almost every field, this excessively productive universe encourages scholars to invent new glossaries. Added to the universe of a more conventional type of Reader books, new lexicons are products of subjectivism; that is to say, they do not intend to cover a whole field by content but rather are an inventive type of encyclopedic approach which is by no means insistent on a proper knowledge. It is more than a coincidence that a subjective/thematic lexiconology is rising. Now that we are at an age of ‘intro-logy’, scholars, theoreticians, intellectuals strive to reestablish their interest by atomized glossaries. Considering that social media forces arts, philosophy, and sciences to be a subject of instant consumption, one should not volunteer to be digested. In an age of introductory superficiality, intrology desires to become the contrary. In an endless effort of inventing new sciences and arts, one should become not only the clarifier and explicator of these offsprings, should take the responsibility to leave the rest of the work to the next generation. An intrologist carefully introduces her/his inventions to the future and provokes their inspiration. Rather than sinking into a ventriloquistic academism, insisting on an intrologism seems to be a more ethical way. 

The specific function of an odd and new glossary of architecture would thus be immense in the architectural studio. It would not only encourage young designers to invent their own concepts to design with, but it will also bring delirious energy to the design environment that is salvaged from being consumed and being sucked up by the conventional dispositive of architecture as well.