RESTARTING SUCCESSION:Ecological Restoration of Mountain Edges


2016
Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Group Work with Wen YANG & Wenxin DENG

Studio: Ecological Planting Planning

Boundary usually has the most diversified landscapes but also manifests as vulnerable under intensive disturbance. In the face of this challenge, the Jinan Forested Region, located at the intersection of Jinan and the southern mountain area, has seen an ongoing fragmentation due to the increasing timber demands and the unguided development of real estate since the 1950s. Nowadays, the fragmentation is confronting the region with an urgent issue of biodiversity decrease, which exerts a detrimental influence on the natural succession of the forest ecosystem. Addressing the succession crisis in this project, we attempted to deal with the problem of how to restart the succession through planting planning as a positive intervention, how to balance the environmental and social needs.

Geographical Analysis
Analogy to the Restoration Strategy
Human beings have exerted a catastrophic impact on the forested land of interests. Without positive intervention from human, it will take a long term for a barren area to restore to an advanced forest system. We therefore decided to combine the natural succession with human intervention in the whole restoration process, which is similar to the process of plant cell division in the biological context.
Diagram of Restoration
The restoration process consists of two primary steps. Step 1 represents the procedure to reset the land, to clear the negative influence that human has once cast on the land, and to help the region regain its capability to regenerate and success by itself(we term the status as “k”). Then, as plant cells will grow into various functional cells under different motivation factors, we plan to exert motivating impacts to make the land units “differentiate” according to the development goals we set for environmental and social purposes. The anthropogenic disturbance plays a crucial role in the whole restoration process; by changing the disturbance intensity or determine the targeted locations, we are allowed to regulate the speed, direction of the succession, which serves as cooperation to the natural process.
Strategies for Planting Species