Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture
Also developed and instructed a supporting student fabrication seminar titled ” Topological Ecotones”
The work produced in this seminar were also included in the Fred Jones exhibit.
Ecotones are transitional regions that bridge two distinct biological communities, for example, the zone between a forest and grassland. As such an ecotone contains overlapping characteristics of two biomes, and often contain a mixture of plant and animal species from each adjacent ecosystem. Ecotones are patchworks, edge conditions and are typically more dynamic biologically and topographically than their adjacent communities. In your design investigations you will identify and develop digital processes that explore distinct topographical conditions that amplify and articulate these edge conditions. These unique ecotones can push against the boundaries of earthly terrains and explore hypothetical, other-worldly terrains. In so much of the work done by American School architects, there is also a presence of distinct material ecosystems that converge in dynamic and energetic ways, creating architectural ecotones in their own right. In keeping with this spirit, our work will explore particular topics of tectonic intersection, connections with nature and topographical extremes.