Steam zoo project EXPLORATION into the zoo

A view over a majestic snowy mountain top

WHAT IS A ZOO

A zoo is a facility that contains animals in intention of perversion, entertainment and or education. Zoos carry positive social, environmental and economic effects to the local community. Zoos encourage tourism which improves local businesses due to more customers, improve the local property worth and provide easily accessible entertainment for the local residents.

WHAT IS A ZOOS PURPOSE

A zoos purpose so to ether entertain guests, persurve endangered animals or to educate and or all of the above. There are zoos and reserves dedicated to preserving and sheltering endangered animals. Other zoos for for profit as they might feature more common native animals for foreigners and tourist entertainment.

VISUALISING ZOOS

A grassy plain with a river
A dense forest
Proto dimensions of terra loop
Terra loop concept

The terra loop is a pentagon split into 5 even piece among the area of 6 hectares. Each slice of the pentagon will feature types of compatible fauna and flora to have similar yet changing environments from one piece to the next. The "user" along with 6-12 other people will sit on a reinforced glass pod that's hanging low to the ground and they would be taken at a walking speed through the five sections. This is meant to give an "in the wild" feeling.

QUESTIONING

We keep it expanding on each other's questing by using similar themes. This is important as with the answers we generate we create the infrastructure for our zoo.

Case studies

Award winning zoo

The award winning San Diego zoo is a zoo located in San Diego and is home to a plethora of exotic and endangered animals for reasons of conservation or entertainment. The animals are well kept and taken after with their exhibits being well kept and cleaned regularly. Their exits are every Appealing to the eye and allow visitors to gain a good view of the display area with out losing site of the animal.

Kiev zoo

Kiev zoo is an Ukraine zoo responsible for multiple animal deaths and cruel treatment of the animals such as malnutrition, poor living conditions and neglect. A total of 51 animals died in the zoo in 2008.

We chose these sources so we could compare and contrast to find what only good zoos have me what all zoos have so we can use it as a base to build off for our zoo.
The swot analysis is important because it allows us to reflect on flaws and advantages and so with the information we can improve our design and habits by collecting good ideas and architecture to at to ours.

Creativity is

We used a number of strategies for forming ideas and creative proposals for our zoo including Venn diagram, swot, questioning web, socratic questioning, blooms taxonomy and scamper. These are all important as with our questioning we can form ideas and the base infrastructure from an educated and informed point of view. With this we can make sure our zoo will be professional and well made.

Zoo exhibit proposal

Our zoo exhibit: were creating a large incloser replicating a small ecosystem so that guests can be taken through it in a protected pod to get that in the wild feeling.

Species: we're using rainforest based animals and splitting them up among the area so bloodshed doesn't break loose. These will mostly be non peditory anaimals but the minority of predators will be segregated.

Habitat: the enclosure will have a humidifier and contain plants from there natural habitat. Almost no man make objects will be apart of the enclosed to make it seem as natural and wild as possible.

Engineering an exhibit: The glass and steel for the pod will be thick and the walls will have a net facing outwards to avoid animals climbing out. Smooth concrete will be used on the walls so no vegetation or animals can get out. There will be a textile net over the exhibit so bird species can live in it.

Your design: the model will be made out of Lego technicals and standard Lego as it allows for flexible design and room for creativity.

Educational/entertainment: the habitat is made to entertain and educate quests about animal behaviour and also provide a fun new engaging experience.

REFLECTION TIME

Planning

The main question I asked myself while designing and constructing the zoo was if it was unique and gave a creative spin on zoos at day. The big challenge that came with this was our own personal ability and skill to create and design. This challenge greatly affected the main contributors to the group. The Terra Loop contained a glass pod that travelled through the enclosure area while going through checkpoints and stops in spaces in the walls and to represent that with the scale given is difficult. Conan and I also had to provide landscaping and present water and water current which was a lesser obstacle and an obstacle none the less. Research into the nature of our creatures and their behaviour was a necessity. The Terra Loop is meant to as accurately as possible simulate a wild environment and ecosystem, this meant adding food sources like plants, insects and even fish into the display creatures enclosure. When planning we had to constantly ask ourselves "how will this affect the animal". To us, it was very important to make sure that the display animals would show signs that would be commonly interpreted as happy or bliss. Humans heavily connect with emotion so it important that this was used as an advantage. A surprise we found in our research was that river dolphins [which were one of our display animals] ate nearly any type of fish even including piranhas, this was good as it meant less painstaking dieting for our selected creatures.

Building

Our most valuable resource for our assignment was by far, clay. The clay allowed us to form smooth flowing landscapes and construct the foundation for our buildings and walls. The steps we took to build our zoo was to form it up from four large A3 sheets of paper. The paper was a diagram of the zoo from a bird's eye from which we could build upon the foundation and work our way up. This came with a list of complications. The clay cracked almost indefinitely without installation after it dried. This meant that the first couple attempts at landscaping wasted time and material with the clay unable to support a structure or itself. We prevented this with a coat of PVA glue that stopped the cracking although at this point it was too late to complete the build. Another problem with the clay is that it was our main resource for constructing the foundation for our build this was a problem because it arrived six lessons late. A big problem with the paper was that the moisture from the clay made the paper bend and fold up on itself, this caused the paper to break the clay and displace structures. The problem that set us back the most was the Lego. The smooth plastic gave no place for the clay to stick to it and plant it in the foundation and since we weren't allowed to glue the Lego to the paper [because the school wanted to reuse it] there was no way to establish a sturdy structure. Since at the time the only material used to create walls was Lego and be spent the six weeks before the clay constructing them this was an enormous setback. Our solution to this was to recreate the walls as balsa wood was the rough surface of the wood allowed the clay to bind to it as well as the balsa was free to become any shape and be glued to the foundation and each other. In hindsight this should have been the first material was used, it was quick to construct with and synergized well with the clay foundation.

Cooperation

It was difficult to work as a full team as in the team of three, one member was constantly away and it was difficult to keep him up to speed with the project. Conan worked on constructing some of the animals that didn’t get 3D printed by making them out of clay as well as constructing some balsa building and helping me with the walls and foundation. Zane helped with sorting Lego and a little with building some structures. I myself, Slade, worked on the foundation, walls and creating structures out of balsa. Conan worked well with modelling the animals as it seemed it was something he was a little passionate about. A well thought out assignment of jobs in a collaborative effect will ensure you reach maximum efficiency in your group. Giving someone a job they enjoy will mean that they will do it well.

Improvements

There is a plethora of ways my group and I could have handled this challenge better. For starters better planning and better luck would be an improvement. The lack of foresight of the paper folding and Lego no working is due to poor planning. To prevent these we would start with sketching on the plywood and on sheets of balsa then begin cutting out the balas and glue them to the plywood and them begin landscaping with insulated clay. Wood would be applied as flooring and the raid system would be erected. Also if we would need to have the clay delivered on time and not be so heavily relied on it for the continuation of construction. I feel it's most important that before you go building you test the logic and practicality of your design so you don’t waste a week worth of effort after it fails on you.

What was learnt

When building a project with certain limited resources, always have another piece of the task you can do so you never waste time and so you keep making progress on the build. This mindset is important for efficient multitasking in the workplace or home where making certain actions require a waiting time for them to finish. What I mean by this is that the time spent waiting can be time spend making extra progress on the task at hand. This assignment also corresponded with my I.D.T (industrial design and technology) class with the assignments at the time having similar themes. This meant that I could trade skills learnt from one of the other to improve in other subjects. Overall the assignment was fun, creative and challenging, coming with a lot of important lessons and skills learnt that can be applied to other practicalities.

Before we dive right into part 3 I would like to mention that before after part 2 was made we (my team and I) made some improvements to the zoo. For instance, we added grass, water, shrubbery, rail system plus cart and more. This drastically improved the quality of the zoo.

It may not look like much but this is a substantial improvement from earlier.

PART THREE FOR REAL

Why does the zoo have Jaguars?

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