Design Australia : biomes and immersion exhibitions at the Columbus Zoological Park, Columbus, Ohio

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dc.contributor.advisor Wyman, John E. Bogle, Jeffrey A. en_US 2011-06-03T19:34:46Z 2011-06-03T19:34:46Z 1995 en_US 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1995 .B64 en_US
dc.description.abstract In recent years, people have begun to appreciate that we, as humans, have been rather careless with how our activities impact other life forms on a global level. Biodiversity has become a catch phrase to encompass and encourage conservation efforts.The term biodiversity is composed of two different words, bios and diversity, which translates into the definition of a difference or variety of life. It refers the large variety of life forms that comprise and make up the entire biosphere of our planet.For the many years that humans have existed, we have coexisted with a variety of other species. Species have come and gone; humans did not drive the dinosaurs to extinction. But within the last 300 hundred years, a small amount of time when considered against total history, there has been an extraordinary loss of species to extinction.Much of this loss of life is due to our lack of knowledge and understanding of the interdependence of all species. Each species which becomes extinct weakens the links in our entire life support system. We need to be aware of the consequences of our actions.In recent years, we have been impressed with new scientific and genetic knowledge about the machinery of life. It is a large and complex subject, but it also one which needs to have top priority. With our reflection upon the interdependence of the human species with all other species, and our increasing awareness of the accelerating environmental crisis threatening the earth's natural ecosystems and animal populations, the priority becomes much more evident.Biodiversity is a complex subject to deal with, but we can deal with it on a smaller scale while making a large scale impact; enough small steps do make a difference. Zoological parks (zoos) have become central in advancing science, technology as the roles of zoos gradually evolves; these areas are essential to preserving the earth's natural ecological diversity. The most important impact of zoos lies in their educational programs.The implementation of broad-based and far-reaching educational agendas that successfully communicate the importance of biodiversity and the severity of the extinction crisis is undoubtedly necessary, and indeed crucial. Zoological parks are changing their roles from the idea of the animal collections and menageries of the past to vital centers emphasizing the importance of education for conservation. These parks and conservation centers are among the best alternatives to educate the public in preserving the earth's natural diversity and bounty. The move is away from exhibiting species to educating about the majestic panorama of nature.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 1 v. : ill. ; 23 x 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title Design Australia : biomes and immersion exhibitions at the Columbus Zoological Park, Columbus, Ohio en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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