Ecotype map is a spatial model that encompasses our relationship between systems for everyday environments and activities. Through our coming to terms with ubiquitous computing, air travel, global financial markets, and the like, it would be a combination of naiveté and hubris to think that traditional architectural communication could any longer manage mass communication and perception. The diversity and complexity of all the components in an ecological study requires studying living and non-living entities within their environments. Through complex ecological modelling we can connect many fields through different levels in the model and areas of expertise, and in so doing illustrate complex aspects of components and their relationships to one another within their spatial community. To view ecology as a model is to integrate the design into the ecology of the place – through the materials and energy residing in the community. Architectural practice has been slow to acknowledge the reality of interconnectedness, yet in the past few decades, the message has grown stronger – from the physical unity of the universe, to the unity of life on Earth, to the interconnectedness of ecological systems, to even the interdependence of our global economy.
The different levels in the model pertain to different sets of relationships and consequences in our environment. The levels in the model can collapse onto each other to reveal speculative contributions towards the collapse of the natural onto the artificial. In architecture we can already document the tipping point of drawing in relation to building through the collapse of drawing onto building. We are devising new methodologies of communicating architecture - draw the environment as you experience it, experience the environment as you draw it - through sentient technologies.