Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Helpful tips for your "Bringing together Biomes" project

Here are some things that came up in class:


Notes on the board:

FOR your groups to identify:

1.  Define the problem -->  "We are designing a "zoo" that combines and integrates these 3 or 4 Biomes
        WE (define who is we)
         ARE DESIGNING (making a model, marketing, concepts, clients, problems, goals…etc.)
         A ZOO (Research, Entertainment, educations. Conservation, display, and enrichment with elements of:  Flora, Fauna, and bacteria, Protists, Fungus… etc.  Think all the kingdoms!)
         COMBINES AND INTEGRATES (the biomes should have a natural connection and flow together / interact in some way.  Even if its cycling water, air etc.… how do these connect, relate and interact?
         THESE 3 OR 4 BIOMES = the biomes in your group

2.  What are your goals to create a better “un-zoo”?
         - Look back at the Nat. Geo Article, the “Unzoo” article and the one posted this week by Larry that is on Blackboard as well
           WHAT PROBLEMS DOES IT SOLVE?
-       Learning?
-       Interconnected ecosystem that replaces isolated and fake exhibits
-       Profit?
-       Party?
-       Better habitats and protecting natural habitats?
-       Creating a Protected Area (i.e. like a National forest or park)
-       Preservation
-       Breeding Programs
-       Re-habilitation of injured animals from the wild?
-       Research?
-       Gathering resources for manufacturing. 

3.  Overall experience for the participant / visitor of your center?

4.  Why would I (as a philanthropic  / and or / Investor) want to fund this “zoo”?  What would I get out of it?

5.  Inform us about your place – but also inspire, excited, visually THRILL us.  Take away all my reasons to say no to this place you have designed.

6.  Create some sort of visual presentation of what your structure of this “zoo” will be like.  Why is it better than what already exists?  Site the article.

7.  Is it believable – site references reasons that it could work (slightly, focus more on the points above)?

*You have a blank check for a budget to create this structure – but think about how it will be funded from this point out.
          
      


Notes from class:  what came up that were good points to address:

Things to address:
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  Place to stay:  increase one’s duration and observation time?
  Feasibility, is this believable?  Did you talk to a zoo designer, find a place that already exists in the globe like what you have? 
  Form enhances function of your structure.
  Working your schedule to adjust to the animals schedule and situation.
  Clear visuals.  Side view, top, floor plans that you draw.
-       Also,  you can find images on line of things that already exist or future technology.  Site where you got it and use it, as back up evidence of why your “zoo” would work. 
  Look for what already exists / what is this like??
  OXYGEN!!!  (See the Biosphere 2 video)
  LOCATION – where is your “zoo” set in the world and why?
  How big is it?  What do the animals need to live (i.e. Salmon run needs a long river)?
  Blank check – money not an issue in building it
  Bringing in funds:  now that you’ve built it, how will people come?
-       will you fund it with natural resources for making things?
-       Tourism?
-       Science?
-       Entertainment?
-       Education?
-       Feeling of “good will” / “good Karma”?
-       Saving a species – fund raising?
  Research:  what kind of research?  Can the community participate?  Can visitors participate?  What are they researching and what’s our benefit of such?
  Give us a new perspective:  Think the Caves – seeing the top of the trees, seeing the bottom of a cave.  Take me where I can’t go myself.
  What connects your biomes together?  (Moisture always a big one!)
  Accept the life that already exists (*respect the little guys)
  How does your facility tie in with the community around it?
  What does the viewer  / visitor “get” from this experience?

  As a funder – what do I get from this?



Helpful films, sites etc:

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_poynter_life_in_biosphere_2.html







A 20-year tale of hope: How we re-grew a rainforest: Willie Smits on TED.com

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/475



Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

http://www.ted.com/talks/kamal_meattle_on_how_to_grow_your_own_fresh_air.html








Remember you can contact Pete Lee as well:
You can message him at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000732916123

And I’m not sure if his e-mail is working or not – but what I have is: Pete Lee  

Web site resources ideas: Radio Lab on Zoos Search galore:
 http://www.radiolab.org/search/?q=zoo#q=zoo 

More so follow up on the scientists they listed: 

Elizabeth Gould: http://psych.princeton.edu/psychology/research/gould/case.php 

Alan Rabinowitz http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/0512/features/alan_rabinowitz.html

Dian Fossey http://www.unmuseum.org/fossey.htm

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