Design Urban Design Jargon Watch: A Field Guide to Sprawl By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Images by Jim Wark from a Field Guide to Sprawl I thought I knew a lot of these terms from my days in architecture and development, but there is a whole new vocabulary out there, catalogued by Dolores Hayden in her book A Field Guide to Sprawl. Above is an "Alligator"- "Real estate that eats money — for instance, a plot that a developer has subdivided and is paying taxes on, but hasn't yet developed." This is Ground Cover: -"Inexpensive, easily bulldozed buildings such as self-storage units, constructed to generate income while a developer holds land." And this is a LULU: "A "locally unwanted land use" creates a problem for people because of the way it looks, smells, sounds or pollutes. It may be a parking lot, a waste incinerator, a prison, or a nuclear facility." Great fun, via the Infrastructurist, who starts his post with the incomprehensible: You know that leapfrog pod of snoutnoses out in the rhubarb by the edge node?