Positive and negative words to describe architecture

Brainstorm positive and negative words to describe architecture into the table below. If you decide that the words you think of are not clearly positive or negative, put them in the third column.

Positive Negative Not clearly positive or negative
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Label words below with + and – for positive and negative, one of each in each section.

masterpiece

so-called masterpiece

 

faux…

world heritage

 

dilapidated

renovated

 

an eyesore

iconic

 

cosy

cramped

 

compact

poky

 

affordable

a slum dwelling

 

condo

council estate

 

hideous

stunning

 

unique

weird

 

abandoned

preserved

 

quaint

twee

 

falling apart

sustainable

 

brutalist

cutting edge

 

cottage

hut/ shack

 

 

monstrous

spacious

 

dull/ bland/ antiseptic

minimalist/ simple

 

gorgeous

showy

 

luxurious

nouveau riche/ ostentatious

 

dated

original features

 

green

overgrown

 

famous

infamous/ notorious

 

awe inspiring

a carbuncle

 

impressive

over the top

 

derivative

influential

 

cute

kitsch

 

innovative

soulless

 

classic

mock….

 

jaw dropping

stands out like a sore thumb

 

rundown

timeless

 

crumbling (pile)

reinforced

 

inspiring

uninspiring

 

unexceptional

unique

 

bland

elegant

 

vital infrastructure

a white elephant

 

blending in

identikit

 

homage

pastiche

 

deserted

quiet

 

in its original state

neglected

 

dingy

soft lighting

 

filthy

spotless

 

airy

draughty

 

mansion

McMansion

 

ageing

historic

 

room to spare

not enough room to swing a cat

 

palatial

rabbit hutch

 

reasonably priced

tacky

 

spectacular

underwhelming

 

unforgettable

unliveable

 

breath-taking

overbearing

 

impractical

original

 

incomparable

overrated

 

authentic

characterless

 

hulking

significant

 

accessible

a maze

 

central

isolated

 

falling apart

period…

 

charming

charmless

 

renovated

vandalised

 

a maze

well-connected

 

one of a kind

peculiar

 

claustrophobic

high ceilinged

 

over…

suitably…

 

justifiably…

under…

 

The ones below are either all positive or all negative. Look at the whole list and try to decide which they are.

posh

plush

double glazed

era-defining

memorable

protect

restore/ restoration

(easily) accessible

bright

central

futuristic

Ask about any vocabulary above which you don’t understand, using those words to give an opinion each time.

Flip a coin to decide what opinion you should give, and how your partner should respond.

Opinion

Heads= positive opinion                                                       Tails = negative opinion

Heads = strong opinion                                           Tails = weak opinion

Response

Heads = agree                                                          Tails = disagree

Heads = strong (dis)agreement                             Tails = weak (dis)agreement

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