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“Building for the future”, Connected, level 3, January 2018

10 January 2018

First page of building for the future article, photo of house

In this article the Samoan village of Sa’anapu is under threat from tsunamis, cyclones, and rising sea levels. To protect their village, the Council of Matai are working with an architect and scientist from New Zealand. Together, they’re drawing on cultural, scientific, and technological knowledge to build a safer future for Sa’anapu.

You can find the story and the teaching notes here: “Building for the future”, Connected, level 3, January 2018

Other useful resources

Cyclone Gita's trail of destruction exposes poor building standards in Tonga

Building standards do exist in Tonga however they are rarely enforced.

Nkabom House is a prototypical Ghanaian home made from mud and waste plastic

In Ghana a home is built from rammed earth. The plastic sachets used to distribute clean water in the region were woven by school children to create louvres fitted to windows.

Discussion questions

These could include:

  • What are the the physical attributes (e.g. colour, shape, texture, size) of the buildings described?
  • What are the the functional attributes (what is the purpose of the building) of the buildings described?
  • A "good" or "bad" design is related to the match between its physical and functional nature, its intended user/s and the context they would normally use it in. Using this definition, explain why you think that the new building for the people of Sa’anapu is a good design.
  • Find out about the climate in Ghana. Is Nkabom House a good design?

Progress outcomes for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes
  • describe examples of technological outcomes with different physical natures that have similar functional natures 
  • describe examples of technological outcomes with different functional natures that have similar physical natures
  • explain why a technological outcome could be called a "good" or "bad" design to store content, which can be retrieved later.

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