Zoo Design Conference Programme 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

08:00-15:00 Pre-conference tour to Barycz Valley Landscape Park

15:00-19:00 Visit to Wrocław Zoo

19:00-24:00 Icebreaker in Wrocław Zoo

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 – Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits?

08:00 Registration and Exhibition open

09:00-09:30 Welcoming address by the host and organizer. Cheap Doesn’t Need to Be Bad
Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

09:30-10:00 Creating Remarkable: The Role of Context & Continuity – Auckland Zoo’s New SE Asia Precinct
Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson|Roberts, Kevin Buley, Monica Lake, Auckland Zoo

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-13:00 Session: Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits? – Chair: Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson|Roberts

Introduction by the chair

Never Forget That Animals Are Living in Ecosystems – or Why Habitat Must Be a Core Feature of Exhibit Design
Amélie Romain, Bureau d’étude AKONGO

The Largest Recent European Zoo Development, Pannonia Park
Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

The Immersive Fusion of Habitat and Exhibit Design
Jeri Deneen, Deneen Powell Atelier, Inc.

Does Animal Need Beautiful Exhibition to Be Happy?
Pavel Ullmann, Jaromir Kosnar, AND architectural studio, Praha

Designing Unique Mini-Zoo in Israel
Rony Rado, Israel Mini-Zoos Association

The Role of Zoo Exhibit Design in the Construction of a Third Animal Entity Between the Domesticated and the Wild: The Barcelona Zoo Study Case
Yolanda Delgado Rovira, Zoo Researcher

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

13:00-13:50 Lunch

13:50-14:10 Poster presentations

Cold and Snowy Winter – A Challenge for Zoo Design
Heini Niinimäki, Jani Häkkinen, Ähtäri Zoo

Barcelona Zooseum – A Case Study for Rethinking Future Zoos
Vi Nguyen, Lisa Cheung of RMIT University, Victoria, Danae Belson of The University of Western Australia and Perth Zoo

14:10-15:50 Session: Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits? – Chair: Erik van Vliet, Erik van Vliet Zoo Design

Introduction by the chair

The Exhibit as a Storytelling Tool
Erik van Vliet, Erik van Vliet Zoo Design

Closer to Nature – Trends in Building Zoo Habitats
Dariusz Malinowski, Malinowski Design, Renata Gajer-Hackemer, R’HOUSE, Leszek Antkowiak

Housing on Stage – Dwelling Concepts at the Zoo
Christina Katharina May, Independent Scholar

The Land of the Cold in Pairi Daiza, an Immersive Experience
Pascal De Beck, Pairi Daiza

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

15:50-16:10 Break

16:10-17:00 Session: Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits? – Chair: Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design Inc.

Introduction by the chair

Animal-Focused Exhibit Design
Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design Inc.

Orientarium – Asian Fauna and Flora in a Nutshell
Aleksander Niweliński, Andrias

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

18:00-20:00 Wrocław sightseeing tour

Thursday, 23 May 2019 

08:00-08:30 Animal Welfare Activism and The Future of Zoo and Aquarium Design
Jake Veasey, Vancouver Aquarium

08:30-10:20 Session: The Future of Terrariums and Aquariums; Sustainability and Welfare – Chair: Jake Veasey, Vancouver Aquarium

Introduction by the chair

Transformation of a Traditional Reptile House into Reptopia, a Utopia for Reptiles, Amphibians and Arthropods
Cham Tud Yinn, Singapore Zoo

Nautilius – “Approaching Animals” – a New Kind of Edutainment and Recreation
Aleksander Niweliński, Andrias, Marta Ratajszczak-Forbes, Jadorna

Modern Aquarium Exhibit in Tight Space
Vladimir Sviatlovskiy, Anna Medvedeva, Aqua Logo Engineering Ltd.

Simple Ideas in Terraria and Aquariums to Boost the Sustainability of Our Equipment and Animal Collection
François-Pierre Huyghe, Biotropica

Animal Exhibit Design and Beyond
Jan Møller, Pangea Rocks / Aratag

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

10:20-10:50 Break

10:50-12:55 Session: Repurposing and recycling zoo and aquarium enclosures – Chair: Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

Introduction by the chair

Recycling of Zoo Exhibit, the Future of Urban Zoos
Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

Wings Over Trunks- Reuse of an Elephant Enclosure as a Walk- Through Aviary
Konstantin Ruske, Magdeburg Zoo

Rehabilitation of Heritage Zoo Areas Following Modern Zoo Standards
Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

Re-Using Existing Structures
Siebold Nijenhuis, Lionhouse

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

12:55-13:55 Lunch

13:55-15:05 Session: Repurposing and Recycling Zoo and Aquarium Enclosures – Chair: Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

Introduction by the chair

Renovation and Refurbishment of Historic Building in Zoos to Renewed and Refunctioned Enclosures
Yves Willems, Close to Bone

Reconstruction of Hellabrunn’s Historic Elephant House
Christine Gerner, Tierpark Hellabrunn

Redesign of a Hall for Orangutans- How to Optimize the Stream of Visitors
Christine Gerner, Tierpark Hellabrunn

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

15:05-15:55 Session: Zero Waste Approach in Zoo Design – Chair: Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

Introduction by the chair

The Circle of Life. Designing for Life and Death in The Modern Zoo (and Some Lessons in Transparency)
Kåre Thomas Jensen, ZooCentral

Energy Transition & Zoos
Nedim Mehmedbegovic, Deerns Nederland

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

15:55-16:25 Break

16:25-18:00 Session: Mixed Exhibits Design Ideas – Chair: Lars Versteege, Safaripark Beekse Bergen

 Introduction by the chair

Mixed-Species Exhibits: Old Approach, New Ideas
Joke Klein & Jörg Schneider, dan pearlman experience architecture

Mixed Species Exhibit for Geoffroy’s Spider Monkeys and Capybaras. Why is the Island’s Plant Kept?
Kenji Wako, Osaka University of Arts

Linking Animal Visibility, Guest Satisfaction and Exhibit Design
Salam Marikan, Francis Cabana, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The African Resort in The Netherlands
Lars Versteege, Safaripark Beekse Bergen

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

Friday, 24 May 2019 – Designing for Conservation

08:00-08:30 Designing Sanctuaries for Rescued Wildlife in Southeast Asia – Champagne Lifestyles on a Lemonade Budget
Matt Hunt, Free The Bears

08:30-10:00 Session: Rescue/Rehab and Zoos – Similarities and Differences in Design – Chair: Matt Hunt, Free The Bears

Introduction by the chair

How to Make the Best of Limited Available Resources? Example of Redesigning Gorilla Enclosure at Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon
Amélie Romain, AKONGO, Aurore Balaran, Peggy Motsch, Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon

When an Owl Breaks Her Wing / Blue Ridge 300
Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design Inc.

The Orangutan Haven in Sumatra; creating naturalistic islands for welfare and education
Ian Singleton, PanEco Foundation

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:50 Session: Designing for Conservation – Chair: Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

Introduction by the chair

Experiencing Conservation
Kieran Stanley, dan pearlman experience architecture

Zoos in Species Hotspots: Not Another African Plains Exhibit, Please
Douglas Richardson, Zoological Consultant

A Sun Bear Success Story
Chloe Helm, Chester Zoo

Gold Dragon Gold Zoo. Conservation Through Design
Carin Harrington, GWZoo Design Ltd

Designing for Devils
Katrine Friholm, Flemming Nielsen, Zaco Sonne, Copenhagen Zoo

Social Management in Modern Avicultural Management
Simon Bruslund, Vogelpark Marlow

Building for Bats – Boosting Flight and Visitor Delight Within a Green Build
Mark Brayshaw, Jersey Zoo

Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

12:50-13:00 Closing address by the host and organizer – Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Bus transfer to Arboretum Wojslawice

16:30-18:00 Arboretum Wojslawice tour

18:00-24:00 Farewell dinner and party

24:00-00:30 Bus transfer to Wroclaw

Saturday, 25 May 2019 

09:15-16:15 Post-conference tour to Książ Castle and Palm House


Information for speakers

All speakers are expected to produce a PowerPoint presentation (the version of PowerPoint on the conference venue computer: 2010) and bring it on a USB memory stick. Your PowerPoint presentation is required in advance of the session at the latest in order to make the necessary arrangements for uploading your file onto the computer in the conference room. Please do not submit your presentation by e-mail.

There will be a chairperson responsible for each session, introducing the speakers, controlling the timing of the sessions and facilitating questions.

Steering committee members

Radoslaw Ratajszczak / Wroclaw Zoo
Jake Veasey / Care for the Rare
Koen Brouwer / Maguari-One Zoo and Wildlife Consultants