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Zoo Design Conference Programme 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

08:00-16:00 Pre-conference tour to Barycz Valley Landscape Park
The bus departure location: in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel (address: Jana Ewangelisty Purkyniego 10 Street, 50-156 Wrocław)
meeting up at 7:45 am
estimated return time: 16:00

15:00-19:00 Visit to Wrocław Zoo
Please access the zoo through the SERVICE ENTRANCE (not the main gate) – the conference badges will wait there for you!
location: Wróblewskiego 1-5 Street, 51-618 Wrocław

19:00-24:00 Icebreaker in Wrocław Zoo
in Letnia Restaurant, next to the European bison exhibit

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

08:00 Registration and Exhibition opening
location: Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
pl. Grunwaldzki 24 A
50-363 Wrocław

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

09:30-10:10 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

10:10-10:40 Break

10:40-13:00 Session: Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits? – Chair: Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson|Roberts

10:40-10:45 Introduction by the chair

10:45-11:10 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

11:10-11:40 The Largest Recent European Zoo Development, Pannonia Park
Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

11:40-12:10 The Immersive Fusion of Habitat and Exhibit Design
Jeri Deneen, Deneen Powell Atelier, Inc.

12:10-12:30 Closer to Nature – Trends in Building Zoo Habitats
Dariusz Malinowski, Malinowski Design, Renata Gajer-Hackemer, R’HOUSE, Leszek Antkowiak, Zoo Consultant

12:30-12:50 Does Animal Need Beautiful Exhibition to Be Happy?
Pavel Ullmann, Jaromir Kosnar, AND architectural studio, Praha

12:50-13:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:00 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

Holistic Architectural Approach for a Sustainable Zoo Design
Gergely Paulinyi, András Reith, Anthony J. Gall, Paulinyi-Reith & Partners

14:00-15:25 Session: Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits? – Chair: Erik van Vliet, Erik van Vliet Zoo Design

14:00-14:05 Introduction by the chair

14:05-14:25 The Exhibit as a Storytelling Tool
Erik van Vliet, Erik van Vliet Zoo Design

14:25-14:45 The Land of the Cold in Pairi Daiza, an Immersive Experience
Pascal De Beck, Pairi Daiza

14:45-15:05 The Zoo as an Anthropocene Habitat
Thijs de Zeeuw, ZOOOF

15:05-15:20 Designing Unique Mini-Zoo in Israel
Rony Rado, Israel Mini-Zoos Association

15:20-15:25 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

15:25-15:50 Break

15:50-17:00 Session: Are We Creating Habitats or Exhibits? – Chair: Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design Inc.

15:50-15:55 Introduction by the chair

15:55-16:15 Animal-Focused Exhibit Design
Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design Inc.

16:15-16:35 Orientarium – Asian Fauna and Flora in a Nutshell
Aleksander Niweliński, Andrias

16:35-16:55 Housing on Stage – Dwelling Concepts at the Zoo
Christina Katharina May, Independent Scholar

16:55-17:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

18:00-20:00 Wrocław sightseeing tour
Meeting point at 18:00 in front of the Jan Pawel II Hotel (address: Swietego Idziego 2, 50-328 Wroclaw)

Thursday, 23 May 2019 

08:00-08:40 Animal Welfare Activism and The Future of Zoo and Aquarium Design

Jake Veasey, Vancouver Aquarium

08:40-10:20 Session: The Future of Terrariums and Aquariums; Sustainability and Welfare – Chair: Jake Veasey, Vancouver Aquarium

08:40-08:45 Introduction by the chair

08:45-09:00 Transformation of a Traditional Reptile House into Reptopia, a Utopia for Reptiles, Amphibians and Arthropods
Cham Tud Yinn, Singapore Zoological Gardens

09:00-09:20 Nautilius – “Approaching Animals” – a New Kind of Edutainment and Recreation
Aleksander Niweliński, Andrias, Marta Ratajszczak-Forbes, Jadorna

09:20-09:35 Modern Aquarium Exhibit in Tight Space
Vladimir Sviatlovskiy, Anna Medvedeva, Aqua Logo Engineering Ltd.

09:35-09:55Simple Ideas in Terraria and Aquariums to Boost the Sustainability of Our Equipment and Animal Collection
François-Pierre Huyghe, Biotropica

09:55-10:15 Animal Exhibit Design and Beyond
Jan Møller, Pangea Rocks / Aratag

10:15-10:20 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

10:20-10:50 Break

10:50-12:40 Session: Repurposing and recycling zoo and aquarium enclosures – Chair: Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

10:50-11:00 Introduction by the chair

11:00-11:20 Recycling of Zoo Exhibit, the Future of Urban Zoos
Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

11:20-11:40 Wings Over Trunks- Reuse of an Elephant Enclosure as a Walk- Through Aviary
Konstantin Ruske, Magdeburg Zoo

11:40-12:10 Rehabilitation of Heritage Zoo Areas Following Modern Zoo Standards
Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

12:10-12:30 Reconstruction of Hellabrunn’s Historic Elephant House
Christine Gerner, Julius Stolle, Tierpark Hellabrunn

12:30-12:40 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

12:40-13:40 Lunch

13:40-14:50 Session: Repurposing and Recycling Zoo and Aquarium Enclosures – Chair: Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

13:40-13:45 Introduction by the chair

13:45-14:10 Renovation and Refurbishment of Historic Building in Zoos to Renewed and Refunctioned Enclosures
Yves Willems, Close to Bone

14:10-14:25 Redesign of a Hall for Orangutans- How to Optimize the Stream of Visitors
Julius Stolle, Christine Gerner, Tierpark Hellabrunn

14:25-14:30 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

14:30-16:00 Session: Zero Waste Approach in Zoo Design – Chair: Miklós Persányi, Budapest Zoo

14:30-14:40 Introduction by the chair

14:40-15:05 Energy Transition & Zoos
Nedim Mehmedbegovic, Deerns Nederland

15:05-15:25 The Circle of Life. Designing for Life and Death in The Modern Zoo (and Some Lessons in Transparency)
Kåre Thomas Jensen, ZooCentral

15:25-15:50 Holistic Architectural Approach for a Sustainable Zoo Design
Gergely Paulinyi, András Reith, Anthony J. Gall, Paulinyi-Reith & Partners

15:50-16:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-18:00 Session: Mixed Exhibits Design Ideas – Chair: Lars Versteege, Safaripark Beekse Bergen

16:30-16:35 Introduction by the chair

16:35-16:55 Mixed-Species Exhibits: Old Approach, New Ideas
Joke Klein & Jörg Schneider, dan pearlman experience architecture

16:55-17:15 Mixed Species Exhibit for Geoffroy’s Spider Monkeys and Capybaras. Why is the Island’s Plant Kept?
Kenji Wako, Osaka University of Arts

17:15-17:35 Linking Animal Visibility, Guest Satisfaction and Exhibit Design
Salam Marikan, Francis Cabana, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

17:35-17:55 The African Resort in The Netherlands
Lars Versteege, Safaripark Beekse Bergen

17:55-18:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

Friday, 24 May 2019 – Designing for Conservation

08:00-08:35 Designing Sanctuaries for Rescued Wildlife in Southeast Asia – Champagne Lifestyles on a Lemonade Budget

Matt Hunt, Free The Bears

08:35-10:00 Session: Rescue/Rehab and Zoos – Similarities and Differences in Design – Chair: Matt Hunt, Free The Bears

08:35-08:40 Introduction by the chair

08:40-09:00 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

09:00-09:20 When an Owl Breaks Her Wing / Blue Ridge 300
Julia Hanuliakova, Zoo Design Inc.

09:20-09:50 The Orangutan Haven in Sumatra; Creating Naturalistic Islands for Welfare and Education
Ian Singleton, PanEco Foundation

09:50-10:00 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

10:00-10:25 Break

10:25-13:00 Session: Designing for Conservation – Chair: Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

10:25-10:30 Introduction by the chair

10:30-10:50 Experiencing Conservation
Kieran Stanley, dan pearlman experience architecture

10:50-11:10 A Sun Bear Success Story
Chloe Helm, Chester Zoo

11:10-11:30 Gold Dragon Gold Zoo. Conservation Through Design
Carin Harrington, GWZoo Design Ltd

11:30-11:50 Designing for Devils
Katrine Friholm, Flemming Nielsen, Zaco Sonne, Copenhagen Zoo

11:50-12:10 Social Management in Modern Avicultural Management
Simon Bruslund, Vogelpark Marlow

12:10-12:30 Building for Bats – Boosting Flight and Visitor Delight Within a Green Build
Mark Brayshaw, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey

12:30-13:05 Zoos in Species Hotspots: Not Another African Plains Exhibit, Please
Douglas Richardson, Zoological Consultant

13:05-13:10 Wrap-up, Q+A moderated by the chair

13:10-13:20 Closing address by the host and organizer – Radosław Ratajszczak, Wrocław Zoo

13:20-14:10 Lunch

14:10-14:30 Bus transfer to Arboretum Wojslawice
The buses departure location: parking behind the conference venue

16:30-18:00 Arboretum Wojslawice tour
location: Wojslawice 2, 58-230 Niemcza

18:00-24:00 Farewell dinner and party in Arboretum Wojslawice

24:00-00:30 Bus transfer to Wroclaw
The buses departure location: parking outside of the Arboretum

Saturday, 25 May 2019 

09:15-16:15 Post-conference tour to Książ Castle and Palm House
The bus departure location: in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel (address: Jana Ewangelisty Purkyniego 10 Street, 50-156 Wroclaw)
meeting up at 9:00 am
estimated return time: 16:15


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