The Case for Radically Human Buildings | Thomas Heatherwick | TED

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To deconstruct something is to take it apart and see how it works. You might deconstruct a car to see how it works, or you might deconstruct a sentence to see how it works.

  • The teacher deconstructed the sentence to find the different parts.
  • The engineer deconstructed the car to see how it works.

Characterful is a word that is often used to describe people or things that are interesting or unusual. It is often used to describe people or things that are different from the norm.

  • The book is full of characterful stories.
  • The characterful architecture of the building.

To reinvigorate something is to make it active and active again. When something is inactive, it's not doing well or it's not being used to its full potential.

  • The company tried to reinvigorate the business by creating a new marketing strategy.
  • The teacher tried to reinvigorate the students by giving them new assignments.

When something is idiosyncratic, it is unusual or different from the norm. Some people have idiosyncratic behaviors, and some things have idiosyncratic properties.

  • His idiosyncrasies made it difficult for him to be a good employee.
  • The property of the material is idiosyncratic, which is why it's so hard to make it.

When you say that something is in a cranny, you mean that it is hidden or difficult to see. The word cranny is also used to describe the small spaces that exist between the pieces of a puzzle.

  • The crannies in the wall are perfect for hiding something.
  • The crannies in the puzzle are very small, which is why it's difficult to fit the pieces in.

Soulfulness is a quality that many people try to achieve. It is the feeling of peace and tranquility that comes from being in touch with your emotions.

  • The soulfulness of the music made me feel relaxed and peaceful.
  • The soulfulness of the painting appealed to my emotions.

To humanize something is to make it into a human being. When you humanize a robot, you make it into a creature that is capable of emotions and feelings.

  • The robot was designed to humanize the process of manufacturing.
  • The artist tried to humanize the characters in the story by depicting them as people.

Bigness is something that is big, large, or impressive. Big things usually have a lot of power or influence.

  • The stadium is a very big building.
  • The company is a very big company.
  • The project is a very big project.

To humanize something is to make it resemble human beings as much as possible. We often do this by portraying it in a positive light, or by showing the negative aspects of human life in a limited way.

  • The movie tries to humanize the characters by showing their emotional responses.
  • The author tries to humanize the characters by showing their flaws.