Through the development of this thesis, defining the elements and agents were very important in order to develop the conceptual and theoretical frame of the argument.  The following words were developed with the rigorous advisement of Gareth Doherty and Rosetta Elkin, Thesis Prep Professors, during the Fall 2015 semester.

Nature: the theoretical/conceptual ideal that has yet to fall under man’s subjection; the Pure; Edenic

Machine: objects (sp.: Ideological systems) that have been inserted by man in the landscape to manipulate Nature in order to extract practical/economic values (in reference to Marxian and Latourian theories)

Synthetic Ecologies: the hybridized entity created with the biotic (Nature) and abiotic (Machine) systems, formalized through design (in reference to Chris Reed and Nina-Marie Lister's framework of "Projective Ecologies")

Novel Ecologies: the antithesis of the synthetic, the accidental form created with the hybrid of biotic and abiotic systems, whose emergence is beyond human control (the indeterminate)

neo-Nature: a new form of Nature consisting of novel ecologies that is beyond man’s comprehension despite its latent values (the Invisible Reality (Virtual))

Environment: inputs that shape and re-shape itself, in turn affecting the landscape; these are both intangible and materialized phenomena, such as social, climatic, ecological flows, etc. (such as the Real and the Virtual)

Landscape: the spatial and temporal site that is receptive to change and is in constant flux with the Environment

Autonomy: an ideological concept of a freedom from man’s (in/)direct influence; independence (is this possible to achieve?) 

Real: a conceptual notion, which refers to the Environment that presents itself (visibly and tangibly) as its own phenomenon (it can be a representation, but has naturalized and has been accepted as a presentation of itself)

Sentience: an ability to perceive known phenomena through the main 5 senses or others that have been programmed (sp. to a Machine) to elucidate latent processes

Sediments: fragmented materials that originate from weathering and erosion of rocks and synthetic deposits that are transported by, suspended in, and deposited by the flow of water

Sedimentation: process of material deposition and accretion through the transportation of flows, (sp.: water)

Virtuala conceptual notion, which refers to the Environment that is yet to present itself in the realm of the being (visibility and tangibility); however exists invisibly yet affects the landscape

*note that theoretical terms are italicized

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