ZULU BEADWORK AND BIOMIMETICS IN THE DESIGN OF AN APPEALING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN AT BUSARA PRIMARY SCHOOL, NAIROBI.

                                                   Abstract
A school should be a place where children can learn in comfort and peace. Children,
especially those in the pre-school age (4-6 years) have a very short concentration span
and therefore require things that are fascinating to them in order for them to learn
more effectively. They also need to play for proper development of both physical and
mental facilities. Busara Primary School has a pre-school section, which though is
currently lacking in principles that will ensure comfortable, safe and sound learning
and play, has great potential and opportunity for proper design if only resources are
wisely tapped into.
This research paper investigates the application of aspects borrowed from Zulu
beadwork and biomimetic design to create an appealing environment for learning and
play for children at Busara Primary School. The main aspects that are borrowed from
Zulu beadwork are their colour codes and patterns. These, combined with
biomimetics, are expected to allow for the design of a space that is not only beautiful,
but also functional and safe. Furniture, interior finishes, landscaping and exhibition
and display items will be created using these aspects by carefully applying the
principles of universal design in the space.
Chapter one of this paper covers the introduction to the problem, its background and
the problem statement. The objectives and the research questions in the study are
clearly outlined. The researcher goes ahead and explains why the study is significant
and justifies it. Chapter two describes the existing literature on Biomimicry, most
especially in biomimetics, Zulu beadwork and the principles that are important when
designing for children. Key in the design of spaces for children us Universal Design,
which has been carefully considered. An example of a relevant design is also
explored. Chapter three discusses the research design, population and sample and
various methods of data collection and presentation, while stating the reasons why the
researcher thought them the best for this study. Chapter four illustrates the findings
according to the researcher while chapter five covers the summary, conclusions and
recommendations.

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