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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Editorial: Urgent space-saving measures are needed

Editorial: Urgent space-saving measures are needed | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Green spaces will be more, not less important as the city develops.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 23, 4:10 AM
Australia's urban future
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Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells

Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The suburb that's set to become the most densely populated in the country is going to be bigger than previously thought, fuelling concerns about the congestion issues already plaguing Green Square.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 7, 2015 5:36 PM

Urban dynamics of change operating in Sydney as a large city in developed world are evident in this article. This also relates to an urban dynamic operating in a suburb.

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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report

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Dawn Haas Tache's curator insight, April 8, 2015 12:39 PM

APHG- HW Option 7

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Pearl river delta

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Cities in this region have experienced spectacular growth; they are at the heart of China's manufacturing and exporting boom.  For example, Shenzen was a small city with about 10,000 residents in 1980 but is now a megacity with over 10 million people.  China's SEZs (Special Economic Zones).  Cities that were once separate entities have coalesced into a large conurbation and if they are counted as one, it's now the largest metropolitan area.  Cities like London and New York become global cities over hundreds of years--this happened in one generation.  Click here for 5 infographics showing East Asia's massive urban growth.      


Tags: APHG, urban, industry, manufacturing, economic, unit 7 cities, megacities, China, East Asia.

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Urbanisation brings animals and diseases closer to home

Urbanisation brings animals and diseases closer to home | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Our world is becoming increasingly urbanised. In 1950, just 30% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. This number is now over 50% and rising. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population are…
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Dubai dubbed “capital of the green economy” in new report

Dubai dubbed “capital of the green economy” in new report | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence has just released the State of green economy report 2015, a UN-backed publication which analyzes achievements and challenges for the green economy in the current market.
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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 19, 2014 12:30 PM

Not only is Dubai one of the richest cities in the world but now they are the capital of the green economy. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy are the two main reasons for this.  The Dubai supreme council of energy aims to support Dubai’s economic growth through secure energy supply & efficient energy use while meeting environmental & sustainability objectives.  They want to rationalize use of energy and ensure environmental sustainability. The UAE says that developed countries have a sort of debt to pay for the environment so they want to take the lead on the low carbon approach using the UAE vision 2021, which primarily focuses on reducing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels while increasing the use and development of renewable energy. They plan to reduce total energy consumption in the nation by 30% in 2030 by making solar power at least 5% of its energy use. This city knows how to plan ahead.

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Urbanisation

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A number of audio and video resources on urbanisation in China.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 11, 2015 2:02 AM

A series of short videos covering many aspects of the CHanging Nations / Changing Places (NSW) Units e.g. China's Internal Migration, Shanghai, Mumbai. 


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Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the world’s open dumps are growing

Smelly, contaminated, full of disease: the world’s open dumps are growing | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Almost 40% of the world’s waste ends up in huge rubbish tips, mostly found near urban populations in poor countries, posing a serious threat to human health and the environment. John Vidal reports
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, October 9, 2014 4:18 PM

Consequences of urbanisation in developing countries 

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Option topic: Urban environmental change and management

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This Is What Gentrification Really Is

This Is What Gentrification Really Is | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In many cities, it's become popular to hate "gentrifiers," rich people who move in and drive up housing prices -- pushing everyone else out. But what's going on in these rapidly-changing urban spaces is a lot more complicated than that.
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Via Seth Dixon. Interesting discussion with examples from around the world of the factors that might drive and shape gentrification.

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Sydney among the Western world's worst cities for traffic congestion, report reveals

Sydney among the Western world's worst cities for traffic congestion, report reveals | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Sydneysiders stuck in peak-hour traffic this afternoon will have plenty of time to ponder this: the city has been ranked as the seventh worst in the world for road congestion, sitting just behind the traffic snarl that is Los Angeles.
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The traffic problems in Sydney are far less during school holidays. Has anyone considered that changing school hours might relieve traffic congestion/chaos?

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 2, 2014 6:45 PM

Consequences of urbanisation


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With 25 million people, Delhi is facing urbanisation crisis

With 25 million people, Delhi is facing urbanisation crisis | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Cities like Delhi cannot accommodate so many people and are not developing fast enough
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Tracking Detroit's Decay Through Google Street View

Though it's easy to crack jokes about Detroit's downfall from afar, it doesn't change the fact that there are very real people forced to look on as the place they call home slowly descends into decay. One of the most poignant depictions of this has come from none other than Google Maps.
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Google Street view records urban decay in Detroit. Thanks to Lisa brennan @ Barker College for this Scoop.

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Primate Cities: Mexico City

http://geographyeducation.org/2014/05/05/primate-cities-mexico-city/


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Seth Dixon, creator of this excellent resource, notes, "I put together this presentation, based primarily on my time researching in Mexico City (download the PPT file to access my notes for each slide).  The problems with primate cities are hardly unique to Mexico City; this additional BBC article bemoans Britain’s lack of a true second city, arguing that London’s shadow looms too large for sustained national development outside of the primate city."

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Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 26, 2015 7:31 PM

This slide show teaches you what primate cities are and gives you an example and background of one. It teaches you about Mexico City and the characteristics of it. 

 

This article relates to Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use because it teaches you about primate cities. Primate cities have disproportionately large populations and is over two times larger than the next largest city in the country

Zohair Ahmed's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:10 AM

This power point shows the negative and positive factors accounting for Mexico City being a Primate city. 

 

The pp gives insight on how Primate cities such as Mexico have a disproportionally large population, resulting in an unbalanced economy.

Anna Sasaki's curator insight, May 27, 2015 7:45 AM

Mexico City is a primate city, since it's population is significantly larger than any other city in Mexico. Primate cities are only deemed primate cities if they are double or more the population of the running up city.

Primate cities show population distribution since a large majority of the population is centralized around one area.

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Sydney, Melbourne more expensive than New York, says Living Index

Sydney, Melbourne more expensive than New York, says Living Index | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Sydney and Melbourne have cemented their place on a list of the world's most expensive cities in which to live.
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Not exactly news if you live in either of these two cities!

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Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it?

Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A liveable city has become the highest form of praise we can give to a city space. But we need to discuss what that means and who gets to participate in the process of governing and shaping a city.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 16, 2:38 AM

Investigate the criteria used to measure the liveability of the world's cities - and the current city rankings.

Examine variatiions in the criteria used to assess liveability. Identify  features of liveability considered important for the average person - such as affordability - are not included in global indices. 

 

Choose studies from  Macmillan Geoworld 7 NSW  to investigate the mesasurement of liveability. For example 

 

Chapter 6: Liveability: Perceptions and influences

Individually or in groups students can examine reasons people live in places many would consider  "unliveable". They can develop their own criteria for liveability and apply those criteria to make choices.

Chapter 7: Liveability: measurement and evironmental factors.

Investigate ways of measuring liveability including global world city indices, access to energy (electricity), transport, shelter,  employment and cultural amenities. Assess the influence of crime and safety, environmental quality and climate change on liveabiloity. 

 

 

Kristina Lemson's curator insight, April 16, 10:48 PM
This is a must read starting point for your project. It summarises some important conecpts and issues that you need to consider. 
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Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification

Is Your Neighborhood Changing? It Might Be Youthification, Not Gentrification | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
One urban planning professor has defined this as a process that occurs in discrete stages.

 

Much has been made of the wave of millennials moving to cities. In intriguing new work, geographer and urban planner Markus Moos of the University of Waterloo gives the phenomenon a name: “youthification.” Moos defines youthfication as the “influx of young adults into higher density” cities and neighborhoods. And in some ways these neighborhoods are “forever young,” where new cohorts of young people continue to move in as families and children cycle out in search of more space.

 

Tags: neighborhood, gentrification, urban, place, culture, economic.


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Cass Allan's curator insight, February 17, 2015 7:45 PM

Changing neighbourhoods

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This city talks about which cities in the United States have the largest amounts of young and old residents. This is important because those cities with large amounts of young people (like Austin) are likely to be on the cutting edge of innovation and it is those cities that we can look to to show the rest of the nation the future of urban design. I believe that this article is very interesting and provides a good insight into which parts of the country are advancing quickly and which parts are sating rooted in the past.

 

-Charles Bradbury

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 30, 2015 7:27 AM

Youthfication

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Fewer trees leave the outer suburbs out in the heat

Fewer trees leave the outer suburbs out in the heat | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
When you look out of your window in the morning, how many trees do you see? Your answer might depend on what suburb you live in. As you go further from the city centre, the amount of tree cover in a suburb…
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Watch Reinventing Beijing Online | smh.tv

A spike in international attention around the 2008 Olympics saw the Chinese capital become an experimental laboratory for architects from around the world. But with the visionary new buildings came a rising disquiet from residents who saw the city’s rich history all but destroyed.
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Urbanisation Up Close - Speaking of Medicine

Urbanisation Up Close - Speaking of Medicine | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Jocalyn Clark @jocalynclark discusses the urbanisation of the world’s population and its impact on global health. Image credit: joiseyshowaa, Flickr Undeni
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Sydney house prices push families north to Queensland

Sydney house prices push families north to Queensland | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
As Sydney house prices skyrocket and traffic congestion worsens, some enterprising workers are moving north to seek the lifestyle they want in Queensland while continuing their careers in NSW.
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gina lockton's curator insight, October 16, 2014 8:44 PM

THis is good article looking at home affordability for SHELTER

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Do-It-Yourself Urban Design – New Research | Greater Places

Do-It-Yourself Urban Design – New Research | Greater Places | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Some great examples to consider in a discussion of the role of people power in urban development.

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We have no idea how the other half lives

We have no idea how the other half lives | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The growing gap between the rich and poor is most visible in big cities, where the two groups lead very different lives.
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"So we don't know how the other half lives because they are in the other half - the half we live far away from and rarely visit or even drive past. Pretty much all our family, friends and workmates are in the same half we're in."

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Urbanisation joins mining and farming as threat to Great Barrier Reef

Urbanisation joins mining and farming as threat to Great Barrier Reef | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
THE battered Great Barrier Reef may yet face its most damaging issue — urban pollution from millions of people.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, August 31, 2014 6:27 PM

Ecosystems at risk- great releveance to case study or GBR as an ecosystem at risk.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 2, 2014 6:36 PM

Option - marine environments and managementmanagement

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World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N. | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top mega cities - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico
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The state of Australia: our environment

The state of Australia: our environment | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall?"

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It's not looking good.

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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

The World's Most Densely Populated Cities | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 5:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:03 PM

APHG-U2 & U6