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Urban Dynamics - Green Square

Urban Dynamics – Green Square supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation in Green Square Sydney. Green Square 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 Green Square, using ‘best practice’ planning principles, in order to answer a fieldwork question. They will also visit the City of Sydney town planning model and listen to urban planners from both the City of Sydney and Landcom discuss the Green Square development precinct.

Program location

Green Square NSW (The fieldwork begins at the City of Sydney Town Hall and students then travel by train to Green Square)

Download the fieltrip map (PDF 624.2KB) or view the interactive google map with approximate walking route, meeting location and pick up location. Please note, this map only shows the Green Square component of the excursion. Starting location is at Town Hall.

Key inquiry question

Explain why and how the government has implemented its urban consolidation policy in Green Square. Evaluate how successful this has been in improving the quality of the urban environment?

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:

  • an introductory presentation on the Green Square development precinct and the urban dynamics operating there
  • 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 52.9KB)

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • listen to introductory presentations at the City of Sydney, and Green Square Library, about the Green square development precinct and the urban dynamics to be studied
  • view the City of Sydney and Green Square planning models
  • undertake a tour of Green Square to acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.
  • learn basic geographic tools including mapping, photo interpretation, 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: