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Happy 5th Anniversary!

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Designingzoos.com Celebrates 5 Years of Exploring Zoological Design Holy cats!  I almost dropped my chai tea latte when I realized my very first post was five years ago today!  So many things have changed…I’ve celebrated a full decade with PGAV Destinations, lived at 8 different addresses in 4 different cities, facilitated four successful master plans, … Continue reading

Aquarium Stats Resource

A colleague just shared this amazing resource with me, so I’m passing it on to you.  The Design Intelligence Almanac of Architecture and Design for 2013 lists North America’s aquariums along with their size, cost and other information.  A great reference for collecting bench marking data–a critical first step in many projects.   The link … Continue reading

Designing for Lemur Conservation

In follow up to my visit to the Lemur Conservation Foundation, a final year landscape architecture student has dedicated his senior capstone to the future planning of the facility.  Take a look at his work here: Conservation Is Our Middle Name: Meet Jabari Taylor.

Underdogs: The Appeal of the Small Zoo

Underdogs: The Appeal of the Small Zoo

I’ve always been partial to the underdog.  Those whose beliefs and perseverance outweigh the skeptics’ might by shear doggedness and tenacity.  Those tirelessly working to do right despite just scraping by. I’m one of those people who gladly buys the opening band’s CD despite not having anything on which to play it.  I always choose … Continue reading

Why Master Plan?

Why Master Plan?

A few months ago, I visited with a potential client–who will remain unnamed– dealing with a complicated case of left-overs.  An older institution with aging and non-immersive exhibits, a disconnected and fragmented campus, and plans in the works for a sister institution.  As we toured the facilities, the director, aware of experiential and logistical issues … Continue reading

Entertaining the Future, Part 1 (AZA, 2012)

Entertaining the Future, Part 1 (AZA, 2012)

One of the most interesting sessions I attended this year was lead by PGAV’s own fantastically enthusiastic designer, Dave Cooperstein.  His specialty within our office is show production, which, you may think, is traditionally confined within the theme park arena.  However, Dave’s point is every show–no matter how small (think: keeper chat)–can tell a powerful … Continue reading

Case study: Zoo Atlanta

Case study: Zoo Atlanta

Over on Yes, If…, Jon takes a pretty darn good stab at evaluating Zoo Atlanta’s wayfinding and experiential issues.  So good, in fact, I’ve borrowed it for DesigningZoos.com!   Check it out here: Case study: Zoo Atlanta.

Labor Day Exhibit Openings

Labor Day Exhibit Openings

So far, I’ve heard about two new exhibits opening over the Labor Day weekend: National Zoo’s newly renovated American Trail (link includes Portico Group’s signature design fly-thru)  and Central Florida Zoo‘s river otters (which I’ll be covering in person–stay tuned!). Traditionally, new exhibits are opened for the spring rush to experience an extra bump in attendance through … Continue reading

New Media Follow-Up: Visitors Online

In a study conducted by climate change education research group, CLiZEN, current zoo and aquarium visitors are highly engaged in digital media on a regular basis.  The inaugural study was intended to collect background information on zoo-goers for use as the group develops educational recommendations specific to climate change.  However, these results have larger educational … Continue reading

Kansas City Zoo’s Master Plan in Full Swing

Currently, PGAV is working with several zoos to master plan for the coming years.  One of our current clients is the Kansas City Zoo.  We’ve been working with them for several years now, helping them with the new entrance and the polar bear exhibit. Kansas City Zoo’s number one problem is its size.  The Zoo, … Continue reading