SUMMARY OF INFLUENCES AND RESPONSES THAT SHAPE THE CHARACTER OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT -

ECOLOGICAL INFLUENCES include the following:

• Sparse rainfall.

• Low humidity.

• Abundant and intense sunlight.

• Dramatic freeze-thaw cycles.

• Visible geology—an abundance of rock visible

on the Earth’s surface.

• Long vistas with dramatic views.

• Wide-open landscapes that provide little sense

of enclosure or sheltering from wind and sun.

• High winds.

• Thin soils.

• Relatively sparse vegetation.

• Less diverse vegetation compared

to more humid, rainy regions.

• High elevation.

• Clear, brilliant skies.

 

CULTURAL INFLUENCES

• European, Mormon, and Native American cultures.

• Tradition of building compounds to create

community and shelter.

• Ranching and agricultural cultures.

• Landscape that is at once domesticated and

sparsely populated.

• Prairie-style architecture that developed

as a response to horizontal landscape with

limitless horizon.

 

Figures of Buildings reflecting the Ecological and Cultural Influence of:

Railroads

Ranching and farming

Prairie style

 

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