Ebooks, Academic papers, student work, and DVC resources.  

Front cover.

Front cover.

Sustainable Architecture: A Solution to a Sustainable Sleep-out Design Brief. New Ebook by the DVC teacher - Published in 2018.

This book is about Design and Visual Communication for secondary school students and teachers. It is also very useful for primary school teachers and students who are interested in sustainable architecture. The software Google Sketch-up, discussed and illustrated in this book, is very user-friendly. The computer-aided drawing program - Sketch-up - is freeware, which can be downloaded from the Internet. The program is very easy to use; very young kids, like primary school students, secondary school students, tertiary students, as well as professional architects and designers, can use it.

Included in the brief is general research (design eras & influential architects), and design activities including a possible solution to a sustainable architectural design brief. Extensive content is included on freehand sketches, Sketch-Up computer-aided drawings, diagrams, screenshots, and biomimetics. Additionally, the author has included links to his YouTube videos (model/movement). These videos were specifically included to assist the solution to sustainable architectural briefs.

Links to published academic work by the author, and much more, are included. Exemplars of secondary school student work (sixteen-year-old) from a New Zealand Secondary School context are included.




Welcome to the Design and Visual Communication (DVC) website of William van Zyl (New Zealand) . This website includes links to eBooks published by the author (five House Publishing). Books and resources includes Academic Papers, Design & Visual Communication, Lesson plans/ideas, and more. The focus of this website is to provide teachers and students with relevant resources in many different subject areas. These include Digital Technology (computer Programming), STEM & STEAM  Education, Papermaking, Electrical Circuits (Science), Micro:bit (pocket computer), Sustainable Architecture, SketchUp (computer aided design software), Pop-up cards (with circuits) and much more. The website also makes the DVC briefs & course outline, and other relevant resources,  available for Year 9, Year 10,  Level 1, 2 & 3 students DVC students in a New Zealand context. See menu at the top of this page. 

DVC in the classroom (New Zealand context).  

The courses are designed to progress students from the Juniors Curriculum (Year 9 & 10) through to NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3. Juniors receive short design briefs with specifications on architecture, products, and other creative challenges. Literacy and Numeracy components are embedded in the courses to develop the skills of students. Creativity, innovation and lateral thinking are incorporated into all the courses. It is this approach that extends and challenges students to develop their own DVC skills and techniques to solve design problems and communicate the solutions.

See the eBooks and resources available to teachers, architects, designers, and students on the Five House Publishing website. 

Philosophy of the teacher and his approach with DVC. 

 The teacher's philosophy is to expose students to different areas of design theory and practice, specifically focused on Sustainable Architecture, Bio-mimetics, Design Eras, Influential Designers, Science and other multi/cross-curricular areas. With the introduction of the new Digital Technology Curriculum in New Zealand (Primary & Secondary School) he has developed resources specifically for this area. See Fun-dough Circuits, parermaking, STEM, STEAM & ESSSTEAM Education books available.  He further endeavors to push students to be self starters and to think creatively outside the norm when attempting to solve design briefs and design problems. Innovation, creative thinking, and the development of an integrated curriculum approach to explore an include unknown territories and subject areas, are encouraged. Multi-curricular, cross curricular thinking,  collaboration with peers, and sustainability practice are embedded in an integrated learning approach . The teacher also caters for the Gifted and Talented Students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of design work to the next level. These talented students are encouraged to take up the challenges in the design briefs which are indicated with 'optional-you could consider...' Students who are interested in Merit (M) and Excellence (E) should attempt these challenges. However, it is optional.      

Ebooks and Resources:

See the academic papers on the Gifted and talented. These papers are for teachers, designers, Technology teachers, and everyone interested in Talent, Creativity, Innovation, and Digital Technology. Research on Animation (shadows and shading) are also included. See the eBook covers of these resources below, and in the main menu. 

Front cover. See more about this eBook in the menu at fivehousepublishing.com.

Ebook on the Creativity debate:  

Front cover. See more about this eBook in the menu or at fivehousepublishing.com