Wood and metal suspended structure (36’ x 12’ x 8’); Florida Gulf Coast University Library, Fort Myers, FL.
In environmental ecology, an ecotone is a place where two different habitats meet. While an ecotone has some of the characteristics of each bordering community, it also has certain plant species that are not found in either. The influence of the two bordering communities on each other is known as the “edge effect” and it is where much wildlife activity occurs.
Ecotone reflects the fact that the library at the nexus of the university is a place where different areas of study meet, overlap, and generate new ideas and energies beyond the confines of the individual disciplines that it supports.