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Year 11 Geographers plan the future of Brisbane

Year 11 Geographers plan the future of Brisbane

Author: Anthony Florido
Author Role: Head of Social Sciences

As part of their experiential learning, Year 11 Geographers are required to develop a vacant lot in the heart of Brisbane. They are encouraged to justify the development by drawing from a range of primary data - collected in the field and secondary data. Utilisation of geospatial technologies such as Google Earth Pro, ARCGIS and QGIS are integral to the final proposal.

Student reflections

"The Year 11 Senior Geography Excursion was undertaken on Friday 31 July and was a great opportunity for us to apply our class knowledge to real world situations.

"Our assignment required us to undertake fieldwork in regard to the sustainability and liveability of Brisbane city as well as determine how to optimize these factors with an ever-growing population.

The day consisted of collecting data through surveys, photos, and recordings around the inner-city area with particular focus on a vacant block in Kangaroo Point. We, as developers, had to observe surrounding factors such as traffic, pedestrians, and different types of urban renewal to decide on the most appropriate and sustainable development to build in this location.

"We investigated other locations throughout the day as well including Teneriffe, New Farm and Newstead to examine how professional developers had managed gentrification and urban consolidation in the past and how it has effected the area’s dynamics.

"Overall, the field trip was a great way to learn about our city and how we can plan to achieve sustainability and liveability in the future. " Jess and Ava