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Urban Dynamics - Barangaroo

Urban Dynamics – Barangaroo supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation in Barangaroo Sydney. Barangaroo is undergoing rapid change as a result of urban consolidation and renewal. Student will investigate the urban dynamics and assess the sustainability and liveability of Barangaroo, using ‘best practice’ planning principles, in order to answer a fieldwork question. They will also visit the adjacent suburb of Millers Point to observe the impacts of urban renewal through Gentrification.

Program location

Barangaroo and Millers Point  

Download the fieldtrip map (PDF 660.9KB) or interactive google map with approximate walking route, meeting location and pick up location. 

Key inquiry question

Explain how and why urban consolidation and urban renewal have occurred in Barangaroo, and Millers Point. What are the social, economic and environmental outcomes for both locations?

Key syllabus outcomes

  • explains the changing nature, spatial patterns and interactions of urban places
  • analyses contemporary urban dynamics and applies them in specific contexts
  • evaluates environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability
  • Plans geographical enquiries to analyse and synthesise information form a varity of sources
  • Applies maps, graphs and statistics, photographs and fieldwork to analyse and integrate data in geographical contexts.

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.

Skills outcomes

Learning activities may include:

  • a guided tour through Barangaroo South with Lend Lease representatives
  • mapping
  • assessing liveability and sustainability using a rating index
  • developing Geographic Inquiry Skills including: Acquiring (what is where), Processing (why is it there), and Communicating (why care)
  • answering a fieldwork question

Student previsit and follow up activities

Successful fieldwork visits have direct links to current classroom learning. Pre-visit activities carried out prior to the excursion will help students better understand their excursion content and provide connectedness and relevance to classroom learning.

The following tasks, together with fieldwork, will help students answer the fieldwork question:

Download the student previsit and follow up activity worksheet (DOCX KB)

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • be introduced to the study site by Observatory Hill EEC staff and learn about the development of the precinct in the context of urban development in Greater Sydney
  • undertake a guided tour of Barangaroo South with Lend Lease representatives
  • undertake a tour of Central and Baranagaroo and Barangaroo Reserve to acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.
  • learn basic geographic tools including mapping, photo interpretation, Field Sketching observing and recording
  • use a liveability rating index to record evidence of liveability and sustainability due to the outcomes of urban renewal and consolidation in the study area
  • have opportunities to use their own cameras to document their fieldwork activities

Excursion program downloads

Download these documents to help with your excursion planning: