Designing for Sensitive Sites: Enabling Sustainable Interaction In Ecologically Sensitive Sites
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Design for sensitive ecological sites while promoting interaction with those sites requires a clear understanding of where the site’s fragility lies and what measures would be most appropriate to minimize intrusion while encouraging interaction. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, off the eastern coast of Newfoundland, is an ideal case study to test this method. Its sensitive ecosystem, combined with the human need to experience the site, defines a clear framework for any possible intervention and adaptation. The new architecture would have a focus on research and interpretation, leading to a more well-rounded conservation management plan. The architecture should serve to deepen an understanding of the human relationship with the site from the aspects of conservation and of tourism/community interaction. Interaction with the site through the architecture should be educational and supportive for all, while minimizing any short or long term impact on the local ecology or landscape.