ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSES TO THE INFLUENCES OF ECOLOGY AND CULTURE

“My forest setting is unique” was a comment

frequently heard at the charettes. This may be

true regarding the individual sense of place for

each forest and grassland. Yet the charettes

revealed ecological and cultural patterns that

cross forest boundaries.

 

To ensure sensitive responses to the contexts

of ecology and culture, the guide addresses eight

geographic areas known as provinces. For example,

the Southeast Coastal Province is a lowland area

with a hot climate and aristocratic cultural

traditions. The Southeast Mountain Province

includes characteristics such as higher elevations,

a cooler climate, and cultural traditions formed

by such “common” people as farmers and frontier

families. Both contexts merit separate and

individualized design responses.

 

The provinces are:

• Northeast Province, including the Middle

Atlantic States and northern Appalachians

into New England.

• Lakes Province, including the eastern prairies

and the Great Lakes States.

• Southeast Coastal Province, including coastal

areas of the Southeast and Gulf States and

Puerto Rico.

• Southeast Mountain Province, including

the southern Appalachian Mountains,

the Ozarks, and the Ohio River Basin.

• Great Plains/Prairie Province.

• Rocky Mountain Province, including the

northern Rockies, the Black Hills, and

the Wasatch Range.

• North Pacific Province, including the Olympic

Range, the Cascades Range, and Southeast

and South Central Alaska.

• Southwest Province, including the southern

Rockies, the Mohave and Sonoran deserts,

and Southern California.

 

FIGURE WITH A MAP OF THE EIGHT PROVINCES:

Rocky Mountain

Southwest

North Pacific

Great Plains/Prairie

Southwest

Lakes

Southeast Mountain/ Coastal and the

Northeast

 

There may be anomalies within these broad

provinces. In these cases, designers can consult

the guidelines from an adjacent province to find

characteristics that match a particular forest

or grassland setting. Such variations must be

documented in a Design Narrative.

 

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