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It may be shortened to "parti". It is also referred to as "the big idea". The term comes from 15th century French, in which "parti pris" meant "decision taken". (Later, it took on the meaning of "bias" or "prejudice".)
The development of the parti frequently precedes the development of plan, section, and elevation diagrams.
- James Stevens Curl. "parti." A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Oxford University Press. 2000. Retrieved May 17, 2009 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O1-parti.html
- Ching, Francis D. K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. p. 53. ISBN 0-442-02462-2.
- Gargus, Jacqueline. Ideas of Order: A Formal Approach to Architecture. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994.
- Mandelbaum, Melissa. "Applying Architecture to Product Design: Parti". medium.com. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
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