The Language of Communication

The Language of Communication

In Edwinno, I try to find a language that can be understood and appreciated by architects, as they are the primary readers that I intend to reach. For any communication, between two or more people, we implicitly define and use a language to communicate.

This language is formed during the communication. And it is not the language of a country or region that I refer to, like English or French (or Dutch), but the language that corresponds with the type of abstraction that the communicators use. A discussion about vegetables is quite different from a discussion about architecture. The abstraction has to do with terminology and the types of concepts that we use. From good communication, we can achieve results beyond our expectations. And in the case of designing solutions, this is one of the major tools that the architect must have mastered.


However, in many cases, if the language of communication is ill designed, when we do not spend too much attention on it, we will create the Babylonic experience, as depicted by the image at the top .


Perhaps it is good to explain what is meant here, as I remembered at Wiki, to put this in the right context, such that you know what I am talking about. Babel is a tower that the people built and they wanted to reach heaven with it, in order to be near to God (see the Bible, the book of Genesis). The reaction from God was that he sent these people all in different directions with different languages, such that they would never be able to undertake such an undesired endeavor again. The Tower of Babylonia as used with a group of people implies they that do not communicate well and that there are many misunderstandings.


Communication is important, especially for architects, as their products need to be discussed with many stakeholders.
There's also this song on communication, “Don’t let me be misunderstood”.

Good communication, as inspired by a book from the Toltec philosopher Ruiz, known as "The four agreements" .


The Four Agreements

Here, communication is seen as one of our four major human being qualities. We should express ourselves as best as we could, for the "word" is the only form of (good) communication, really.

In systems that architects design and build, it is the interfaces that connect the parts of the system. Getting the interfaces right and developing good (and standard) protocols for communication is one of the toughest parts for delivering successful solutions.


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