URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

The Stephen Perse Foundation have made available on iTunes U course materials for several of the IB Geography units among other IB & iGCSE subjects, these may supplement the work done in class and further develop your understanding of the material - its free so check it out at this link this is the Urban Environments Unit - SUBSCRIBE !!








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This optional theme considers cities as places of intense social interaction and as focal points of production, wealth generation and consumption. They exhibit diversity in patterns of wealth and deprivation, which can result in conflict. Transport improvements have led to rapid growth and shifts in population and economic activities, producing stresses and challenges for planners.

The theme also considers issues of sustainability where the city is regarded as a system with inputs and outputs that need to be managed to minimize environmental impacts.

This theme recognizes that cities and towns may share common characteristics and processes irrespective of the national level of economic development.

For all sections of this optional theme (unless stated otherwise), two case studies of cities/large urban areas must be studied in two countries at contrasting levels of development.


WE WILL BE STUDYING MEXICO CITY AND A MEDC CITY OF YOUR CHOICE.




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LESSON 1: IDEAL CITIES

Today we looked at the evolution of modern cities and began to think of what makes a city. The main task involved designing your ideal city. Here is the powerpoint from todays class if you would like to download it.
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If you would like to upload your visions of your ideal cities, here is your chance.....

LESSON 2: URBANIZATION & MEGACITIES

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Your homework activity is to complete the questions on the megacity Geofactsheet (for Thursday 2nd September) If you have misplaced your copy please download the following.
HERE IS A PODCAST ON THE GROWTH OF CITIES: THE GROWTH OF MODERN CITIES

An interesting article here from the BBC on how we measure cities

An article from the economist about urbanization in China and a great visualization from the McKinsey Company


Here is an article by the Atlantic Cities website that explores the cities behind the global urban growth

3. Urban Processes



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GENTRIFICATION IN NYC

4. Urban Land Use Models



HERE IS THE TASK SHEET AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA FOR THIS ACTIVITY


Please find below the Prezi presentations from last years group:

Burgess & Hoyt


Burgess Model (Amanda & Trine)

Hoyt (Fernando & Mariana )


Harris & Ullman ( Caro O)


Mann's (Emi)

Mediterranean (Pedro & Caro M) & (Montse & Ceci)


Latin American (Ana P & Jorge)

North Africa (Carlos)



Post Modern (Mariana & Maria G) (Katia, Renata & Gaby)http://prezi.com/y3vuqy5hq0uu/present/?auth_key=y47xu5y&follow=c6zc6rybiaca





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5. LEDC Urban Stress


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MEXICO CITY

Land Use Patterns


Urban Age


Mexico City's 'Plan Verde': how long-term sustainability planning took root in the ancient capital from Resource Renewal on Vimeo.



CASE STUDY PROJECTS

Klaus



CECI & MONTSE



KATIA & GABY


MARIA AND JORGE:

URBAN METABOLISM FLOW CHARTS


TRINE & CARO M.



USEFUL LINKS

LSE Cities
London an Interactive Guide
URBAN AGE CONFERENCE
PLASTIC BAGS
BBC URBAN PLANET
LATIN AMERICAN MEGA CITIES
Transportation
International Alliance of Inhabitants
Making Cities Work - Mexico City
AIR POLLUTION IN MEXICO CITY
URBAN ISSUES
URBAN UPGRADING
COMMISSION FOR ARCHITECTURE & BUILT ENVIRONMENT
UN HABITAT REPORT
POLICING IN RIO'S SLUMS
SAN FRANCISCO - SUSTAINABLE CITY
POST CARBON CITIES
CURITIBA
SUSTAINABLE CITIES NETWORK


UNREPORTED WORLD: BRAZIL'S SLUM WARFARE





An interesting story on the disappearance of the slums of Rio as a result of the upcoming World Cup and Olympics go to Al Jazeera for more information.

With a similar theme here is a video from the New York TImes on the Pacification of the Favelas


The trailer below is for a documentary on how the urban poor of Brazil are gaining a voice through the use of street art. Keep an eye out for it at the cinema



SOME CASE STUDIES THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO USE.


CURITIBA CURITIBA BRAZIL'S URBAN EXPERIMENT

http://prezi.com/y3vuqy5hq0uu/edit/?auth_key=uzun2at&follow=c6zc6rybiaca#2_1853576

SUSTAINABLE CITIES


Here's IBM view on Smarter Cities - do they mean sustainable?

A useful booklet about sustainable plans in New York