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human structures as env.

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Lynne Hull (ecoartHulll)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 12:28:48 -0500

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Lisa B--like you, I think human structures can be part of ecology
(obviously, I think my sculptures can contribute to ecological
restoration). The forest ranger hut and visitor center can be a good
example. I saw some in Costa Rica that were carefully built to do as
little damage to the rainforest as possible--buildings raised up on posts,
boardwalks to contain people and allow for vegetation, etc. I find one of
the most interesting types of architecture is what I think of as
"indigenous"--people who build modest dwellings directly from the materials
available locally. And I refered in an earlier message to my friend
Francois Tanguey replacing the "footprint" of the new building with a
"living roof" to grow the displaced vegetation of the site. I guess we can
keep two things in mind regarding human structures and ecology: is the
structure creating the minimum disturbance possible, and is it the minimum
we need to survive to allow the other "resources" to remain for the rest
of the planet.

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