The Built Environment

The Built Environment  is an Environmental and Sustainability Education program that supports the 7 – 8 Technology (Mandatory) Syllabus. The program focuses on the Built Environment study area and a number of design specialisations including Architectural Design, Environmental Design, Interior Design and Landscape Design.

Students will learn about factors influencing design in the built environment like function, aesthetics, safety, sustainability, and socio cultural factors, and will visit two adaptively reused heritage buildings to see how they have been retrofitted for new commercial uses. They will use this information to address a design brief to create a design concept for the adaptive reuse of the decayed former Meteorological Bureau office on Observatory Hill. The brief requires them to convert it into an exhibition centre focused on climate change.

At the EEC, students will be introduced to information and graphics technologies (particularly CAD and 3D modelling ) and they will then work in design teams to address the design brief. Teams will develop 2 and 3D plans for the proposed exhibition centre using software programs on laptops and ipads, one exhibition display and a landscape plan.

Environmentally sustainable design features and practices will be a key focus area, and students will also learn about features and practices that contribute towards ecological sustainability.

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – The Built Environment

Pre excursion activities

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Fieldwork in Action
School classroom 1. Pre-visit Activities

Students work through pre-visit web based design tasks to familiarise themselves with the fieldwork content and design task.

  • Understand the key aspects of sustainable design in the built environment.
  • Identify the role of designers and their contribution to the improvement of the quality of life.
Customs House and Rocks Discovery Museum 2. Adaptive Reuse

Students will visit two adaptively reused heritage buildings and identify factors (eg safety, aesthetics, culture, functionality and sustainability) effecting their design.

  • Identify factors influencing design in the built environment.
Observatory Hill EEC 3. Designing and making
Students will study the decayed meteorological building and then work in design teams to complete a design tasks including:a. Completing a Google Sketchup template of the meteorological building, adding detail and sustainability features.b. Completing a floor plan on an ipad of one room in the building using a Floor Planner Appc. Completing one exhibition item for the proposed Climate Change Centre using appropriate information technology tools.
  • Apply design processes that respond to needs and opportunities in each design project
  • Generate and communicate creative ideas and solutions.
  • Select and use techniques appropriate for the purpose of a design project.
  • Use computer aided drawing in the development of the design project.
  • Select and use software for specific purposes in a design project.
  • Apply their knowledge of design principles to a computer generated model.
School classroom 4. Follow up.
Students will use Adobe Pro (or similar) to present their designs as required in their design brief.
  • Communicate creative design ideas and solutions.
  • Identify and explain ethical, social environmental and sustainability considerations related to design projects.



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