Synthesis

Synthesis

1a: the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole 1b: the combining of often diverse conceptions into a coherent whole (mutual enhancement- symbiosis) 2a: deductive reasoning 2b: the dialectic combination of thesis and antithesis into a higher stage of truth (discussion/debate).

Compromise

1a: settlement of differences by mutual concessions 1b: concession to something derogatory or prejudicial 2a: to expose to discredit or mischief
2b: to make a shameful or disreputable concession.

To summarize – a solution resulting from the process of synthesis has all the parts of the project working together in an ideal relationship. This is accomplished by talking about the project in sufficient depth so that everyone knows what needs to be accomplished and is desirable. The result of synthesis often has additional benefits by virtue of how well the components are integrated. Compromise, on the other hand, involves leveling everything to the lowest common denominator. Synthesis uses the entire program to build things up – compromise crams the pieces into an arbitrarily shaped box. Everything is positive when synthesizing,. Compromise is achieved with negative criteria. They’re not just words, they are a way of thinking and a method of design and building.