Brisbane Area Suburb Review is a project that allows people to examine and compare different suburbs in the Greater Brisbane area. The previous twenty-one months of new bonds registered with the Queensland Residential Tenancies Authority along with metropolitain analysis from Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network and Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation makes comparing suburbs an engaging and informative experience.
People are able to see for each suburb, the different number of new rentals that commenced in the last twenty-one months, statistics on the weekly rental price and the different types of properties that make up the suburb rentals. By presenting the new rentals over the period, people are able to see when there is a large amount of change occuring in the suburb. This allows them to identify potential times for when it is a good or bad time to consider moving to a new suburb.
In addition to rental information, there is also statistics for the suburbs showing the median household income, those who driving to work and mortgage information for residents to allow them to see how vulnerable they are to small changes in the economy in relation to mortgage rates, petrol prices and inflation. This will allow people considering to move into the suburb what general risks they may have. This can also be used to benchmark suburbs to see where government spending can be allocated to improve the liveability of the suburb.
Lastly the accessability to services in different suburbs is shown so that when people are considering moving to suburbs they can see what is available to them in the area. This is also a great tool to allow local government to determine where funding can be allocated.
The project uses a standard web technology stack (front end - HTML5, CSS, JS; back end - PHP, MySQL) for delivering the outcomes. A small number of client-side frameworks have been used (Google Charts and Twitter Bootstrap) to present the RTA and AURIN/QSIF data in a meaningful format.
Jason Weigel is a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland looking into ways to support collaboration around physical artefacts in both co-located and remote scenarios. His research interests include remote collaboration, interaction design, augmented reality, virtual reality and game design. Jason has previously completed a Master of Interation Design at UQ looking into different interaction methods around document production using an augmented reality interface.
Jason is a tutor for a number of final year capstone design studio courses for IT, computer science and interaction design students.