Interaction of the Physical and Human Elements of the Environment
Shore intends to build a new Gym/Pool Centre capable of seating 200 people. It will
be used for basketball, swimming, and weights and will be available for community
hire. The intended site is that currently occupied by gym and pool. A plan has
already been submitted but the school council is not happy with it.
Your task You are members of a construction team that specialises in
environmentally friendly buildings for schools.
Your task is to develop a plan where the human elements are in harmony with the
physical elements of the environment. After a thorough investigation of the
proposed site you may have reasons for proposing another site on the school
grounds. However, the building must go ahead and a site on the school grounds
must be found.
Your plan must be drawn on cardboard and presented to the class for approval,
accompanied by reasons for you proposal.
A) You can draw an environmentally friendly building as above or get
images from the net or magazines. You must present this image to the
B) You must present to the class in oral form reasons why you want to
build at Shore in an environmentally friendly way.
On your diagram you should include all relevant physical features like flora, fauna, heat
and light, soil, air and water and elements of the human environment such as political,
socio-cultural and economic and any others you think appropriate. Refer to pages 11
and 12 of your text for information. These must be labelled on your diagram and explained
in your reasons why you want to build at Shore.
1. Investigate the proposed site. Use your lunch time to view the
grounds at Shore. Please do not go out of bounds.
2. Identify positive and negative aspects using a PMI scaffold. This must be
handed up for marking. ONE per group.
3. Develop some questions that must be addressed. Answer your questions
taking into account the human and physical elements of the environment.
Refer to page 6 of your text.
4. Draw your plan and prepare your argument
5. Present your proposal to the class .This should take 5 minutes.
In your groups decide which job description you will assume.
Urban planner designs pleasant and efficient urban places
Landscape architect designs external environments contributing to the physical and
Climatologist studies the climates of the earth and their influence on the environment
Economic Socio cultural Political Water Air Soil Heat & Light Fauna Flora
Interactions of environments
Things to consider