Connecting Architectural Form With Urban Ecology In The Gwynns Falls Watershed, Maryland

FISHER, Jonathan P.

Architectural form and condition is a major factor influencing the evolution of urban landscapes, and must be considered in developing an understanding of the interaction between human and natural ecology. An approach to integrating architectural information with other components of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) includes map, property, census, and photographic data bases, with a focus on neighborhoods. For compatability with other BES elements, all architectural mapping data bases use the ARCVIEW system. All aspects of architectural investigation are coordinated and reported via a web-based presentation at http://md.usgs.gov/BES/architecture/. This is a work in progress and will require several years to fully develop. Existing design components include mapping, raw-data, and download modules, a BES Virtual Tour Architecture Guidebook, and Crossroads, which points to information resources outside of BES. Development of the architectural data base has included information from the Enoch Pratt (Baltimore City) and Baltimore County Public Libraries, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the Maryland Office of Planning PropertyView, and field investigations. Future research will include the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Planning Departments, the Maryland Historical Society, and field investigations. The Architecture Data Base will be demonstrated using the Painters Mill area as an example, including the photographic data base developed for that area.