After reading this study of landscape ecology and general practices and principles behind ecology, I realized that much of the same diagrams and ideas can be applied to architecture as well.  Forman touches on patches, edges and boundaries, and mosaics as three primary elements of a landscape, diagramming each in various ways as to show how changes in these three categories can cuase certain scenarios in regards to species habitation, movement, and extinction.  I couldn’t help ut think how these same principles and diagrams could easily be applied to architectural design.  For example, Forman says, “Increased edge abruptness tends to increase movement along an edge, whereas less edge abruptness favors movement across an edge.”

Edge abruptness diagram

This can directly relate to creating a barrier, wall, etc that may direct axial movement, as opposed to creating a less-defined boundary in a building that would draw people in rather than force their movement alongside it.  There were many more examples in this reading that related directly or indirectly to architecture, but overall, I was fascinated to find such a correlation between landscape design and architectural design present in this reading.

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