BOOK- Sustainable Architecture: Design and Visual Communication. NCEA Level 1, New Zealand (16-year-old students - Secondary School) 

The author is busy working on a Sustainable Architecture book which will be published by the end of May 2017. To be published to and other platforms. The book is for Design and Visual Communication teachers and students (secondary school). The book also includes links to primary school and intermediate schools and the writer endeavours to make links between the different curriculum levels. For example, the link from worm farming, vegetable gardens, composting, and recycling (Primary/Intermediate) to passive solar architectural design (Secondary school). The extension of sustainability practice in this book, building on previous sustainability practice, is scaffolded to introduce secondary school students and teachers to in-depth sustainable architectural design. Students and teachers are challenged to investigate and explore concepts like passive solar design, biomimetics (miming nature), sustainable features and functions, geo-location, the orientation of buildings, choice of building materials, modeling, freehand sketching, ideation, Sketch-up design (free 3-D software), and much more.   

See the draft of the front and back cover of the book below. Book is not available yet. 




Some of the author's student work will feature in the DVC book. Below are some exemplars of student work that will be included.


Design a sustainable Shipping Container Sleep-out. NCEA Level 1 (New Zealand). Design work was created with Sketch-up (computer aided design software). Sketch-up is very easy to use and user-friendly. GOOGLE SKETCH-UP is free software which could be downloaded from the net. Primary and secondary school students can use this software for almost any type of design work. Presentations of students portfolios were compiled with MS PowerPoint/Google Slides (easy printing & sharing).  





1. Choose a design era & influential designer (aesthetics)
2. Include some bio-mimetics (ask nature how?) in your design work (function)
3. Choose a location anywhere in New Zealand (Google Earth & Google Maps)
4. Consider passive solar design (passive ventilation, and more)
5. Consider harvesting rainwater, harvesting energy from the sun, and harvesting energy from the wind
6. Carefully consider your choice of sustainable building materials
7. Make use of a bubble diagram to initiate you layout and preliminary design of the sustainable sleep-out
8. Study and research the climate, weather and other environmental related data of the location. Implement the knowledge of the area and terrain in your design work
9. Get stakeholder feedback, modify your initial idea, and make the improvements
10. Compare your work to the work of your influential designer and chosen design era. Be critical
11. Include work drawings (third angle orthographic projection): Show the scale, 2-D drawings, 3-D drawings, and some sectional views and elevations of the sleep-out
12. Conclude by assessing your design work against effective, sustainable architectural practice. "What is great about your design? What could you have done better?" Write up a short evaluation of your design work
13. Your portfolio should "tell a story". Ensure you include in-depth annotations that inform your decisions and choices
14. Include all your freehand sketch work. Include your ideation (generating design ideas) and concept sketches (soft pencil/pro-markers/etc.), as well as any other notes and research you have done to highlight the design process.
15. Include a biography and references. Consider using APA (American Psychological Association) referencing. APA referencing is optional. However, it is compulsory to include references at the end of your work
For APA referencing example see University of Waikato's (NZ) quick guide: