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Landscape Architects have traditionally developed compositions based on static architectural elements. Today, we have a greater understanding of how landscape structure, which is more dynamic, effects perception, performance, and biological processes. This webinar will provide attendees with a toolkit drawn from landscape ecology research that can be used to create more compelling designs. We will explore characteristics and variations of patches, corridors, and boundaries (edges) used to create landscape patterns, and understand their habitat benefits. Landscapes can have greater legibility, or "imageability" when their structure is composed of simple functional qualities that support exchange between people as well as other species. This approach to pattern-based landscape architecture can be applied at various scales. Concept diagrams as well as real-life examples will be shown.
1. Understand elements and vocabulary of Landscape Ecology patterns
2. Correlate Landscape Ecology patterns to ecological processes for the benefit of wildlife and people
3. Implement ecology-based compositional elements to enhance landscape legibility and performance
Mary Adelaide Scipioni
Mary is a licensed landscape architect practicing in the Finger Lakes Region of New York under the name, Pebblestream Landscape Architecture. She has over thirty-five years of design experience and has worked in NYC, Milan, Italy, and in Western Massachusetts. Mary has taught landscape architecture, design history, and urban planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Hampshire College. Mary’s public service includes the Planning Board and Comprehensive Planning Committee in Amherst, MA, and the Architectural Review Board in Brighton, New York. She has conducted research on stormwater management and stream corridor restoration, landscape ecology processes, and resiliency. Mary has presented at conferences, continuing education sessions, and symposia in the Northeast US. She writes on the Medium.com platform and has a publication within Medium called theLANDSCAPE. Among other titles, Mary has published Your Rad Garden: Freedom, Purpose, and Meaning in Your Backyard.