Building a Tiny Zoo Zoo design journal

Project Outline: From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons 10.5 million visitors flock to the Gold Coast each year. Only one major problem; we don’t have a well renowned Zoo! Your mission is to design an exhibit that will feature in our new Zoo!
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My Definition: A Zoo is ... It's purpose is to....

Discovery - What is a Zoo and What is its Purpose?: Insert your response to this question. Explain how your thinking and understanding changed. Consider inserting a video below explaining your thinking.

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Visualising Zoos: Insert your representations of zoos below in a photo grid. These can include images you have found or created. Ideas: Use Google Images. Find an architectural drawing. Try sketching with Paper by 53. What other ways could you represent zoos? We should try to be creators as well as consumers of digital content and art.

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Questioning is important because....

Questioning: Insert your question web here. Reflect on the strategies your group used to generate a range of questions and the types of questions you asked (open/closed, levels of cognitive demand, google-able/non-google-able). Choose five of your most important questions and communicate them in an Adobe Spark Video.

Case Studies

Award WinninG Exhibit

Conduct a case study into an award winning zoo enclosure/exhibit. Describe the exhibit and it's key architectural, ecological and aesthetic features. Analyse the criteria used to recognise this exhibit as an exceptional exhibit. Justify why it deserved its award. Include relevant images or links below.

Unacceptable Exhibits

Conduct a case study into an unethical or ineffective zoo enclosure/exhibit. Describe the exhibit and it's key architectural, ecological and aesthetic features. Analyse the criteria used to brand this exhibit as unacceptable. Justify why exhibits such as this should be illegalised. Include relevant images or links below.

Below you will insert a venn diagram, comparing and contrasting the two case studies.

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Creativity is....

Ideation Log: Reflect on the problem solving and divergent thinking strategies your group used to generate ideas. List the ideas you generated to demonstrate that you considered a range of alternatives in regards to animals, materials etc. Discuss processes you used to refine ideas and select an idea. Consider your PMIs, brainstorming, use of SCAMPER, SWOTs, research.

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Our Zoo Exhibit Proposal:

Our Zoo Exhibit: Briefly describe the exhibit your team decided to create.

Species: What type of species did your team chose? Justify your selection with reference to conservation and entertainment?

Habitat: Explain how your exhibit reflects the animals natural habitat and caters for its needs?

Engineering An Exhibit: In a real zoo, what are the main architectural and engineering features of an exhibit for this animal? Include information about structural considerations and materials.

Your Design: Describe colour, shape, texture, materials to be used in constructing your model exhibit. Justify your design choices.

Entertainment/Education: How will your exhibit entertain and engage audiences as well as educate them about your chosen species?

Other Design Consideration or Reasoning: Use this space to explain any other relevant design choices or reasoning.

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Prototyping: What strategies did you team use for the planning and prototyping of your Zoo exhibit? Reflect: What worked? What didn't work? Why did it or didn't it work? What barriers did you encounter? How did you respond to them? What changed? Include visual representations of the prototype and photos documenting the prototyping process in a photo grid below.

"Sketch it, draw it, design it, refine it, make it, prototype it, test it, tweak it, work it, break it, perfect it, ship it."

Created By
Rachel Cureton


Created with images by Sponchia - "elephant ivory animals" • Pexels - "animal big cat safari" • robertpaulyoung - "Meercats" • birder62 - "giraffe animals zoo" • Alexas_Fotos - "monkey gorilla zoo" • Aboeka - "lions zoo animal" • Pardee Ave. - "Zoo" • Dai Luo - "Spots" • ncb80 - "dolphin freedom water" • 3dman_eu - "ferris wheel fair folk festival" • WalkingGeek - "camel riding" • Christopher.Michel - "Happy World Penguin Day!" • Sponchia - "giraffe animal funny" • Holgi - "koala animals mammals" • waldiwkl - "dolphins jump show" • LifeOfCollas - "Rhinos" • Patents Wall Art - "Toy Duck patent from 1915" • chip.hedler - "A realistic paper plane-img1" • lijunzhuang - "ecology creative science and technology park" • FirmBee - "ux prototyping design" • possan - "keyboard prototype" • aitoff - "lego duck drake" • mebner1 - "printer 3d making"

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