A GROUP of Brisbane high school students caught a glimpse of their future this week during a visit to Australia's new emerging city.
The 180 Year 8 geography students from Brisbane Boys' College spent the day in Springfield where they saw first-hand the inner workings of the rapidly growing master-planned city.
As part of their study on urbanisation, the students were required to identify where, why and how Springfield was developed and whether they thought it would realise its vision by 2030.
BBC student Slater said he couldn't believe how big Springfield had become since its beginning in 1992.
"We're doing an assignment on Springfield and looking at how it is different to Brisbane and how it is an alternative and viable option for people to live in,” he said.
"It's really surreal to see an area built up from nothing turn into a big city like this. It's happened in Dubai but this is in Australia and in our own backyard.”
Another student, Rudra, said the visit helped put into perspective what the future might look like in terms of infrastructure and technology.
"Technology is becoming more advanced so I sometimes worry about what that means for our future and how we might not be able to cope with it,” he said.
"Coming out here is good because you can see an example of a place that is thinking about dealing with that.”
The field trip is in its second year and was introduced by BBC as a way of providing a three-dimensional experience to the students' study on the national curriculum, Urbanisation: the management and planning of Australia's urban future.
Brisbane Boys' College SOSE 2IC Shona Woodruff said the visit was hugely valuable as it meant the students could see for themselves the impact of what they were studying.
"We're looking at solutions to a growing urban population, so this kind of visit makes their education more meaningful and helps them apply what they are learning in the classroom with the real-world,” Ms Woodruff said.
"Australia is growing at such an unprecedented rate and the pressure on infrastructure is becoming really difficult, so it's good to see someone with Maha Sinnathamby's vision put forward some kind of solution by building a place like Springfield.
"It's also interesting to think about, when the students are in their 40s and 50s, what this place will look like and how some of them may even be living here.”
While in Springfield the students visited the Springfield City Group towers, Orion Lagoon and other significant landmarks in the area.