Zoo Poo and You Studio Final Projects
Semester 2, 2016
with Toni Roberts
The Zoo Poo and You studio aimed to engage visitors of Melbourne Zoo in learning about and understanding the zoo as a living case study of zero waste to landfill practice, as well as the complexity of ecological systems and how they are entangled with and impacted by human activity.
Students used mapping and visualisation to make sense of the flows of materials and waste and onsite composting of organic materials. But also the interaction of zoo visitors in the system that conflicts with broader society operating under a different paradigm of waste management. (See more here: http://desis-lab.org/zoo-poo-and-you-studio/). These insights helped students to consider how they might communicate these rich complexities and hidden stories to the public.
Students developed interpretive and playful interfaces and activities to educate zoo visitors in the fascinating behind the scenes sustainability of the zoo. The proposed projects were as diverse as playgrounds (Slide and Grind by Michaela McCaw), children’s play zones (Compost Factory by Hana Nadira), an app that supports adventure and discovery through the zoo (Waste Matters by Manuely Avila), new educational cafe centres, sculptural and informative compost bins (by Yukie Ueyama) and diverse forms of digital games and tactile interactive displays (Turning a New Leaf by Erin Tan, Kirsten Carless and Jennifer Mai).