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 (brē′kō-läzh′, brĭk′ō-)
Something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available: "Even the decor is a bricolage, a mix of this and that" (Los Angeles Times).

[French, from bricole, trifle, from Old French, catapult, from Old Italian briccola, of Germanic origin.]
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(ˈbrɪkəˌlɑːʒ; French brɪkɔlaʒ)
1. (Architecture) the jumbled effect produced by the close proximity of buildings from different periods and in different architectural styles
2. (Architecture) the deliberate creation of such an effect in certain modern developments: the post-modernist bricolage of the new shopping centre.
[French: odd jobs, do-it-yourself]
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In his installation and bricolage art, Alwin Reamillo has always focused on the loudest issues in the country, but he approaches them through a display of a myriad of symbols - both popular and academic, sometimes esoteric and even personal.
The familiar bricolage is overlaid with classical music along with a poignant but tonally false voice-over.
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The first paper authored by Lamberto Zollo, Ricardo Rialti, Cristiano Ciappei and Andrea Boccardi (2018) "Bricolage and social entrepreneurship to address emergent social needs: A "deconstructionist" perspective" employ Derrida's (1976, 1988) deconstructionist approach to provide insights into bricolage in a SE context.
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Mordecai follows in the tradition of many Jamaican expats living in Canada, in that her writing is both a reflection of her Caribbean upbringing and a bricolage of both the region and the diaspora.
Le maitre de l'ouvrage est accuse de [beaucoup moins que] bricolage [beaucoup plus grand que] et de velleites de [beaucoup moins que] detourner [beaucoup plus grand que] le projet en dehors de l'itineraire initialement prevu.
Other machines were more poetic; Tinguely's work was already rusty before he exhibited it, and wilfully made in a bricolage way.
What came to mind was [...] Levi-Strauss and his notion of bricolage: assembling or making something from what is already at hand." Monk adds that the album deals with "multiple realms including the celestial, human, microscopic, animal, plant, and mineral, as well as the underlying processes and rhythms of nature." --JOHN MALKIN