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Urban Dynamics - Pyrmont

Urban Dynamics – Pyrmont supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation in the suburb of Pyrmont Sydney. Pyrmont has undergone rapid change as a result of urban consolidation and renewal in recent decades. Student will investigate the urban dynamics and assess the sustainability and liveability of Pyrmont, using ‘best practice’ planning principles, in order to answer a fieldwork question. They will also undertake a ferry journey from Pyrmont to Circular Quay to identify landuses and urban dynamics around Sydney Harbour.

Program location

Pyrmont NSW (and ferry to Circular Quay)

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

Key inquiry question

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

Key syllabus outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • explain the changing nature, spatial patterns and interactions of urban places
  • analyse contemporary urban dynamics and applies them in specific contexts
  • evaluate environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability
  • plan geographical enquiries to analyse and synthesise information form a varity of sources
  • apply 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 urban dynamics operating in Pyrmont and Sydney
  • 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 pre-visit and follow up activity worksheet (DOCX 54.2KB)

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • listen to an introductory presentation about the urban dynamics to be studied
  • undertake a tour of Pyrmont 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: