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

ECOLOGICAL INFLUENCES

• 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.

• Less diverse vegetation compared to more

humid, rainy provinces.

• Mountainous terrain including the high peaks

that form the “spine of the Nation.”

• High elevation.

• Clear, brilliant skies.

 

Figure of broad mountain valleys

 

Figure of narrow mountain valleys

 

Figure of foothills

 

Figure of high plateaus

 

CULTURAL INFLUENCES

• European, Mormon, and Native American cultures.

• Mining.

• Ranching.

• Tourism, including national parks and resorts.

• Fast growing population with strong demands and expectations for all kinds of recreation.

• Strong heritage of rustic architecture and design.

• National forests and other public lands that comprise the majority of acreage.

• Strong public expectation for “wilderness

experience.”

 

Figure of a Native American pueblo structure

 

Figure of map of the Rocky Mountain Region

 

Figure of a rustic structure with massive stone chimneys

 

Figure of a ranch in a mountainous setting

 

Figure of a group of mining structures in a hillside landscape

 

Figure of a remote railroad station in a high plateau

 

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