Building Better Cities 3 – Barangaroo

 – a case study of Urban Consolidation and Urban Renewal in Barangaroo and Millers Point

Building Better Cities – Barangaroo supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation in Barangaroo, and gentrification in Millers Point. Students will learn about the NSW Department of Planning’s goals for Sydney’s growth and development, and visit the Barangaroo development site to identify and investigate the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation. They will also visit nearby Millers Point to learn about the urban process of gentrification.

The program has three main components:

  1. Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the fieldwork
  2. A whole day fieldwork experience in Barangaroo and Millers Point
  3. Follow up activities to enhance geographical knowledge and skills

During the fieldwork day, students will:

  • Visit the Barangaroo site, and hear from EEC staff and Lend Lease, (the developers of Barangaroo South), about the urban dynamics and urban processes associated with shaping this world class mixed use precinct.
  • Visit Barangaroo Reserve to undertake fieldwork skills including map reading and field sketching.
  • Visit Millers Point to learn about the process of gentrification that is rapidly transforming the suburb.

Student pre-visit activities and follow-up resources

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Building Better Cities Barangaroo

Fieldwork Map

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes Students will be able to: Fieldwork in Action
Pre-visit activities, to be completed in your school before the excursion


Website investigation

  • Students view information about the case study areas, and investigate the urban dynamics operating at each site. Please ensure students watch the Introductory Presentation and the Metro Plan 2036 film clip prior to the fieldwork day to place Barangaroo in context to the changing morphology of Sydney.
  • Become familiar with the study areas and the urban dynamics of change operating there.
  • Identify the key agencies and policies in place to manage growth in Sydney.
  • Identify and discriminate between relevant sources of geographical information.
  • Consolidate their understanding of the urban dynamics, and the place of Barangaroo in the overall plan for developing Sydney as a world class city.
 barangaroo central
Barangaroo South Overview – Barangaroo South – Meet at Barangaroo Wharf 

    • Meet OHEEC staff at Barangaroo Wharf for an overview and introduction to the study sites. Students complete a mapping activity and liveability assessment, and learn about the urban dynamics and urban processes associated with shaping this world class mixed use precinct.
    • Students tour Barangaroo South with Lend Lease representatives, (the developers of Barangaroo South), to learn more about the study site.
  • Describe important environmental, social, and economic features of the study site.
 Barangaroo Webcam
Barangaroo Reserve Barangaroo Reserve

Students will

  • Complete a filed Sketch of central and southern Baranagaroo
  • Complete a land use mapping activity
  • Consolidate their understanding of geographic tools and skills including map reading and field sketching.
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Millers Point Walsh Bay / Millers Point

  • Students will complete a gentrification assessment study of Millers Point to learn about the government policies resulting in gentrification of these precincts.
  • Draw conclusions about the effects of government policies for gentrification and social sustainability, and understand how this is effecting the area’s culture of place.
Observatory Hill Mapping Millers Point

  • Students will complete a mapping activity of Millers Point

Excursion summary and consolidation

  • Student will recap on the excursion’s learning outcomes in order to frame an answer to the fieldwork question.
  • Improve understanding of map reading skills.
  • Consolidate knowledge of the results of urban dynamics including social structure and spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage, changing economic character, and the location of commercial and residential land.

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