Thursday January 9, 2014
The Evolution and Regionalization of Landscape
• Landscapes and places are settings for social interactions
• Structure routines of economic life, structure routines of social life, Provide both
opportunities and constraints for people’s longterm social well being
• Interaction between humans and the landscape is very dynamic, because the
landscape changes it changes people back and forth.
• Landscape does not determine what people do neither does ecology etc, it
determines a set of opportunities and constraints ecological determinism not
• Establish a context in which everyday knowledge, and experience are gathered,
• Provide a setting for processes of socialization,
• Provide an arena for contesting social norms
• Norms are things that just ‘happen’ tested and changed in a landscape
• Classic landscapes/ Symbolic landscapes part of who people are ex Canada
parliament… Wilderness in Canada
Places and Regions are Extremely Interdependent
• Places, regions and landscapes play particular roles in changing complex
networks of interaction and change
• Ex an isolated island looking for safety and protection to avoid conflict.
• Locations are tied to larger processes of change that are reflected in largescale
• Physical patterns on landscapes are keys to read the landscape hints about where
youre connecting globally
• Can we recognize the wider processes and patterns?
• How are they useful?
• Do we control them, or are we controlled by them?
• What are the financial, political and geographical implications? Imbedded in
• Pattern influences process and vice versa
The interdependence of Geographical Scale
• Divide reality into smaller things
• How do we jump from one scale to another?
• It is a continuum from one scale to another
• Reductionism you are going to reduce the problem to decipher where exactly it
exists and work from there Problem with scales
• Human geography and reductionism do not mix Interdependence of Places
• Things can coexist in places
• Large role for historic places and landscapes in our time
• Process and Pattern: Process+Pattern= Direction
• Interact to produce, modify and reshape landscapes
• Process and pattern then cope with change by changing themselves
• Is there a discernable direction in the change of landscapes due to the interaction
of pattern and process
• It is very easy to assume which way a landscape is moving
• Must not mistake pattern to always read the same process
Other Examples of Change: tree species distribution
• Arizona cattle start to over graze eat mesquite pods and deposit them elsewhere
• Complex system of interaction mesquite trees pop up on river valleys
• Brought the pods up top and grew there
• Once there is a foot hole from cattle on top then nature began growing upon that
• Between those 2 locations, more mesquite will grow up o