This two hour school walking tour travels between Federation Square and Eureka Tower via Melbourne’s Birrarung or Yarra River as well as via bridges, roads, iconic buildings and public spaces. The excursion :
EXPLORES recognisable Melbourne landmarks including architectural structures.
HOW the materials to build Melbourne have changed over time, how materials change and the suitability of materials chosen.
STRUCTURES: shapes that make up a structure, strength of shapes e.g. triangle vs square, building bridges, towers from various materials.
Eureka Tower Southbank
Evan Walker Bridge
Multicultural /Sandridge Bridge
Flinders Street Signal box
Yarra River/William Creek
St Pauls Cathedral
Arts Centre spire
Federation Square piazza
Flinders Street Station
New metro underground site
Elizabeth Street underpass
Melbourne City Crest
Federation Wharf Vaulted shops
Melbourne has changed over time since the Enterprize landed n 1835 and Hoddle laid out the grid in 1838. These changes are shaped by people having different needs than they did in the past. For example Aboriginals walked, settlers rode horses and we ride cars. Indigenous people used natural materials wood, bone, bark, shell, fur, bone and stone. The settlers came in great numbers and built a city with materials such as canvas, stone, tin and iron.
Today we have many more materials, shapes and structures to choose from such as concrete steel plastic, zinc, aluminium, optic fibres, polystyrene and aluminium. Today we are exploring what are the landmarks of our city and what structures, materials and shapes have changed over time to create the most liveable city in the world. Structures and shapes include spires, spirals, domes, triangles, tiles, squares, curves and arches. Materials include plaster, sandstone, gold, steel, concrete, iron, bluestone, aluminium, cable, zinc, brick, ceramic and glass.
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