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ON THIS WEBSITE YOU WILL FIND: SHORT BIO OF AUTHOR, E-BOOKS, ARTICLES, POEMS, STORIES, CHILDREN'S BOOKS, NOVELS, EDUCATION RESOURCES (DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION (DVC), ACADEMIC WORK, RESEARCH, and MUCH more.  

Overview:      

This website contains some of the resources of William van Zyl as a writer and post graduate student . His writing covers many genres, and he has a wide interest. His writing includes: stories (novel), poetry (English and Afrikaans), commentaries & articles,  Design and Visual Communication, STEM Education, he provides teaching resources/lesson/plans/ and ideas, and writes about some Christian aspects of life. See https://fivehousepublishing.com/ for details. Design and Visual Communication work/resources are shared on this site (secondary school). A range of STEM- and STEAM Education (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) e-books are available at Five House Publishing. Of his academic work (APA Style), dissertations, and some resources of his some interesting things about the author and his activities are shared here. Links to all his publications are provided.  

Academic work: 

The website includes a range of educational related resources  like Open Education, Global Development Education, Neoliberalism, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Education, Peer Learning, Gifted and Talented Students, Technology Education, DVC (Design and Visual Communication), Biomimetics, Sustainable Architecture, 3-D printing, and more. 

  Visit Five House Publishing to view the resources and e-books:

 https://fivehousepublishing.com/

ABOUT FIVE HOUSE PUBLISHING:

This publishing website was established in 2017 to provide a platform for publications to be downloaded at a minimal cost. The e-books and resources are only recently published and contains new and someupdated work. As mentioned, it covers many genres. Definitely worth investigating! 

 

Above image: Dinosaur eggs. Credit pixabay.com. Could the colors or the structure of the egg be used in sustainable architecture? Considering the aesthetics, how could the texture and pattern be used in sustainable architectural design? From a bio-mimetic perspective how could the function and design of the egg be used to make a building stronger and more energy efficient? How could this scientific information be used to inform energy efficient sustainable architectural design? And then, from an animal architectural perspective, how could our understanding of the ancient bird and its nest assist us to provide a sustainable habitat for these birds in an urban or densely populated area if they were alive today? 

ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE

Have you ever asked yourself the question, what can nature teach us about architecture and could we use natures construction methods and techniques?

Comparing dinosaur eggs with bird eggs: There are various reasons bird eggs have distinctive oval shapes, including the reproductive anatomy of female birds and the structure of birds' nests: oval eggs are easier to lay, and oval eggs tend to cluster inward, thus reducing the risk of falling out of the nest. Possibly also, evolution places a higher premium on the development of baby birds' heads. Presumably, these evolutionary constraints did not apply to dinosaurs—hence their rounder eggs, some of which were nearly spherical in shape. The study of bird egg shape and form covers a vast field! 

Applications:
  • When designing oval or round shaped buildings, could the scientific information available of dinosaur eggs be used to effectively construct a building and maximize the energy efficiency?

WHAT ABOUT USING SCIENTIFIC FACTS AND DATA TO DESIGN HABITATS FOR ANIMALS AND BIRDS IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT?

  • When creating bird habitats in an urban environment (nesting areas) what should be considered  when constructing areas for birds to nest?  Think about oval bird eggs and the protection of the head of the birds while in the egg. By giving attention to extreme detail during the design process 

Animal Architecture is an exciting new area of sustainable architecture, and some references are made to this field of study on this website.

See the link to download the brilliantly illustrated pdf on animal architecture:  https://www.naturepl.com/pictures/pdfs/NPL_Architecture.pdf



Introduction to the author and his work.

Welcome to this website where you will find e-books, resources, research information, academic papers, and Design and Visual Communication (DVC) information .William Van Zyl is a secondary school Design and Visual Communication (DVC) teacher, and on this website he shares some of his experiences, expertise, research, and resources. Included are resources created by him as a post graduate student in Education. He is a Master's graduate from Waikato University (New Zealand). The author is a prospective PhD student. Draft Thesis: Exploring P2P (Peer-to-Peer) Collaboration, PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) and PL (Peer Learning) in a Secondary School context. 

Design and Visual Communication is a subject that focuses on  visual illustration techniques which are directed by a design brief. The brief could contain an architectural or a product design brief. The website includes sustainable architecture, bio-mimetics, and many more aspects of the DVC teacher. 

ABOVE IMAGE: This life-sized model shows the embryo of an oviraptor dinosaur as it may have looked shortly before hatching. Oviraptors were light, fast-moving carnivores with long claws and toothless beaks. The model, created by paleo-sculptor Dennis Wilson, is based on the anatomy of a fossilized oviraptor embryo discovered by paleontologist Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History. Credit: https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/See-fossilized-dinosaur-eggs-babies-5211329.php

By studying the many aspects of this embryo and the egg, the scientific data could improve design around architecture and sustainability. Even product design. To take the application and design possibilities one step further, when designing a habitat for birds in a city (animal architecture context), the comparison to bird life as we know it with ancient dinosaur eggs, could produce new knowledge for architects and designers. The newly uncovered contrasts and functions could be developed and applied to the designs to improve the design of buildings, parks, gardens, products, and more. 

It is the consideration of bio-mimicry and animal functional architecture that produces new and effective approaches to design. Including the latest developments of technology and the practical implementation of the technology available will take design to the next level. A very interesting and unique approach to solve design problems!

We have so much to learn from nature!      

 

 

 

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