By Mr Fielding, Mr Spronken, 9G, 9L | Posted: Saturday July 2, 2016
On Wednesday June 22nd students from two Year 9 classes conducted the annual winter solstice pedestrian survey for the Dunedin Institute of Valuers.
The day involves our budding young social
scientists counting pedestrian flows for two half hour periods at 55 designated
sites throughout the Central Business District.
The survey has been conducted for over fifty years and Logan Park has been involved for at least forty of those years.
In between the count times the two classes visited the Dunedin Art Gallery for several activities, led by their education officer, John Neumegen. These activities included a look at famous paintings reflecting New Zealand History, a visit to the interactive exhibition by Yayoi Kusama called “The Obliteration Room,” where the artwork is created by participants sticking coloured dots on white walls, and, after lunch, viewing a series of often hilarious videos outlining Dunedin’s early history together with images of “Kiwiana.”
The day was warmer than usual for mid-winter and a great success. The spreadsheet data is now used by the valuation department and our students back in class, to identify changing pedestrian flows around our shops. This helps with the relative valuations of shops in the Dunedin CBD.