ECOLOGY & ANTHROPOGEMORPHOLOGY
Program First year representation sequence, undergraduate and graduate, Knowlton School
Anthropogeomorphology is defined by geologists as the study of humankind’s impact on and alteration of land. Ecological systems reorganize to accommodate anthropogeomorphological changes and humankind responds to these changes with varying strategies, tactics and regimes to manage processes of reorganization. The term “anthropogeomorphology” encompasses the study of both the elements of form, space, and order of the traditional design disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture, as well as the engineered, productive, extractive and infrastructural manipulations of land that support human habitation. Framing the representation and interpretations of our surroundings via the ever-shifting relationships of ecology and anthropogeomorphology offers a nuanced and generative alternative to reductive, static and ultimately false binaries such as landscape/architecture, and man made/natural.
Ecotones are the transition areas between two distinct plant communities such as the edge between a meadow and woodland, or the edge between a river and its floodplain. These edges are important for habitat, and are generally much richer in quantity and diversity of species than more homogeneous regions. For this final project participants mapped and model various ecotones within Glen Echo and Walhalla Ravines.