URBAN ECOLOGY NOTEBOOK
By examination of a project site, existing areas can often be associated with certain ecological conditions from the regional native landscape. In a technical sense, each identified zone can be considered an ecotope, as understood from the landscape ecology discipline.
Once a site’s “ecotopes” are identified, a bundle of corresponding practices, plants and materials, which have developed through extensive scholarly work + experience, can be deployed in the design process. Effective ecological associations are crucial to making the built landscape product perform at a higher level, in less time with fewer inputs.
describe ecological characteristics commonly found within the urban context
1. the smallest ecologically distinct landscape features in a landscape mapping and classification system. As such, they represent relatively homogeneous, spatially explicit landscape functional units that are useful for stratifying landscapes into ecologically distinct features for the measurement and mapping of landscape structure, function and change.