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The nature, character and spatial distribution of world cities and mega cities
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Drones and Geospatial Data

Without sophisticated sensor packages, drones would just be expensive RC airplanes. In this video, Avweb looks at some of the things they can carry.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 22, 3:34 PM

This video gets deep into the specs of sensor packages and the commercial side of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), but it shows how emerging technologies are using and creating geographic data.  This is also a reminder that geography can be incredibly useful in a diverse range of economic sectors and has far-reaching applications in the real world--geography can be incredibly cutting edge.      

 

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From megacity to metacity

From megacity to metacity | Urban Places | Scoop.it

In 1950, there were only two megacities, London and New York, with populations of more than 10m. In 2010, Tokyo was top of the list of the world’s largest cities, New York was only just scraping into the top 10, and London had dropped off the bottom. New York will join it in megacity oblivion in less than a decade and, with the exception of Tokyo, every other megacity will be in what is referred to as the 'global south'. To earn a place in the top 10, cities will soon need to boast a population of 20m or more. This is a new breed of city – the metacity."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 12, 2:24 PM

The term megacity (a city with a population greater than 10 million) has been around for a while and there wasn't much linguistic need to describe something bigger.  Today, most megacities are more like Lagos and Mumbai, places of extreme wealth asymmetries than the global cities of New York City and London.  Some are now using the term metacity to describe cities with populations of 20 million.  Asian metacities are a good place to start thinking about the largest urban regions that are increasingly dominating economic, political and cultural affairs.      

 

Tags: urbanmegacities, unit 7 citiesEast Asia.

Linda White's curator insight, May 13, 12:13 PM
Very interesting article on the new emerging meta cities!
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The Ever-Expanding Slums

"Slums lack:

Permanent housingSufficient spaceClean waterSanitationPersonal safety
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World's Largest Slums
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Rebecca Geevarghese's curator insight, May 8, 6:29 AM
Another GREAT resource to show to Geography students! 
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 2, 12:29 AM

The liveability of urban slums in the developing world makes an interesting study linking access to services and facilities, community identity, social connectedness, environmental quality and safety. 

 

Follow an introduction to slums using this video clip and 8.11 with the following resources that investigate the impact of rapid urbanisation on the liveability of cities.

 

Slums are a consequence of urbanisation studied in more depth  in Changing Places (Stage 9) - consequences of urbanisation. Limit the study of slums to liveability issues in stage 4 or an introduction to factors influencing liveability. 

 

GeoWorld 7 NSW

Chapter 7: Liveability:Measurement and environmental factors 

7.6 Access to shelter

Chapter 8 Urban, rural and remote places

8.6 An urban world

8.7 Why go to town?

8.8 Large cities attract people

8.10 Skyscrapers and slums

8.11 Kibera slums and flying toilets

Geothink people live in cities - Figure 8.14.3

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Sydney's population touches 200,000 for first time

Sydney's population touches 200,000 for first time | Urban Places | Scoop.it

“The City of Sydney has near-doubled its population over the past two decades to 200,000 and is growing so fast that it will add a further 50,000 residents over the next 7 years, new city figures show.”


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Good health comes down to your postcode, your education and your income

Good health comes down to your postcode, your education and your income | Urban Places | Scoop.it
YOUR postcode, your education and your income can have as much influence on your health as your genes a conference in Canberra will be told today.

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Why Parramatta is NSW's best suburb

Why Parramatta is NSW's best suburb | Urban Places | Scoop.it
As Parramatta is showing, good people are located in good places, creating the competitive edge for Sydney’s regional economy.

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Get ready for a bulging Sydney

Get ready for a bulging Sydney | Urban Places | Scoop.it
Stand by for a Sydney of 8 million. And that’s just the moderate projection. The high projection is for a Sydney of 8.3 million and a Melbourne of 9.1 million by the middle of the century.

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Income inequality in Australia: see how much the 1% earn in your area

Income inequality in Australia: see how much the 1% earn in your area | Urban Places | Scoop.it
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate the income distribution for Australia in 2012-13

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Sydney's inner-city needs to embrace football traditions and provide 'spaces to play'

Sydney's inner-city needs to embrace football traditions and provide 'spaces to play' | Urban Places | Scoop.it
“ Football on the Pyrmont peninsula is poised for a comeback 87 years after it disappeared - a key plank in a "Spaces to Play" campaign aimed at securing desperately needed sporting space for inner Sydney.”
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These cities will be very rich in 10 years

These cities will be very rich in 10 years | Urban Places | Scoop.it
Forget New York, London or Hong Kong. Here are seven cities that are racing up the rankings of the world's richest, and will be among the top 10 by 2025, according to researchers from McKinsey.

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  1. Doha, Qatar
  2. Bergen, Norway
  3. Trondheim, Norway
  4. Hwaseong, South Korea
  5. Asan, South Korea
  6. Rhine Ruhr, Germany
  7. Macau, China

Tagsurbandevelopment, economic, planninglaborglobalization, technology.   

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Mumbai or Bombay? A British newspaper reverts to a colonial-era name.

Mumbai or Bombay? A British newspaper reverts to a colonial-era name. | Urban Places | Scoop.it
The Independent's concerns over Hindu nationalism led to a change in policy.

 

The city has been officially known as Mumbai since 1995 when it was renamed by the far-right regional party Shiv Sena, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which currently holds national office in India. Shiv Sena advocates the use of the Marathi language, which is dominant in the state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital. Marathi speakers have long referred to the city as Mumbai, after the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi, the city's patron deity.

Shiv Sena had argued that the previous name, Bombay, was an unwanted relic of British colonial rule in India. That name is believed to be an Anglicized version of the city's name from when it was occupied by the Portuguese — "Bom Bahia," which means "good bay." Both Bombay and Mumbai are now used interchangeably by locals during casual conversation.

 

Tags: culture, India, South Asia, colonialism, place, regions, language, toponyms.


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India must turn to recycling to combat garbage problem: expert

India must turn to recycling to combat garbage problem: expert | Urban Places | Scoop.it
India's mission to clear its cities and streets of garbage will hinge on its ability to recycle, says expert.

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The sponge city effect: who is left when townspeople leave for bigger centres

The sponge city effect: who is left when townspeople leave for bigger centres | Urban Places | Scoop.it
IN Jeparit's post-war heyday, according to lifelong residents David and Marie Livingston, the town's main street was home to 50 shops.

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The rise of the Asian megacity (and why 'metacities' are the next big thing)

The rise of the Asian megacity (and why 'metacities' are the next big thing) | Urban Places | Scoop.it

"Asia's rapid urbanisation is changing the very shape and nature of what we think of as a city.  It's not just the rapid increase in their numbers or their sheer size that makes these megacities fascinating. They look, feel and behave differently, too."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 12, 2:29 PM

The term megacity (a city with a population greater than 10 million) has been around for a while and there wasn't much linguistic need to describe something bigger.  Today, most megacities are more like Lagos and Mumbai, places of extreme wealth asymmetries than the global cities of New York City and London.  Some are now using the term metacity to describe cities with populations of 20 million.  Asian metacities are a good place to start thinking about the largest urban regions that are increasingly dominating economic, political and cultural affairs.      

 

Tags: urbanmegacitiesEast Asia.

Lee Hancock's curator insight, November 1, 8:48 PM

Mega city to Meta city...

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From megacity to metacity

From megacity to metacity | Urban Places | Scoop.it

In 1950, there were only two megacities, London and New York, with populations of more than 10m. In 2010, Tokyo was top of the list of the world’s largest cities, New York was only just scraping into the top 10, and London had dropped off the bottom. New York will join it in megacity oblivion in less than a decade and, with the exception of Tokyo, every other megacity will be in what is referred to as the 'global south'. To earn a place in the top 10, cities will soon need to boast a population of 20m or more. This is a new breed of city – the metacity."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 12, 2:24 PM

The term megacity (a city with a population greater than 10 million) has been around for a while and there wasn't much linguistic need to describe something bigger.  Today, most megacities are more like Lagos and Mumbai, places of extreme wealth asymmetries than the global cities of New York City and London.  Some are now using the term metacity to describe cities with populations of 20 million.  Asian metacities are a good place to start thinking about the largest urban regions that are increasingly dominating economic, political and cultural affairs.      

 

Tags: urbanmegacities, unit 7 citiesEast Asia.

Linda White's curator insight, May 13, 12:13 PM
Very interesting article on the new emerging meta cities!
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The gap between the inner city and outer suburbs is growing

The gap between the inner city and outer suburbs is growing | Urban Places | Scoop.it
Inner city versus outer suburbs has been a perennial Australian divide. But the lifestyle differences between those located near our CBDs and those living towards the urban fringe are growing.

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Sydney's newest urban utopia

Sydney's newest urban utopia | Urban Places | Scoop.it

Jacksons Landing has been 16 years in the making. After 16 years of planning and building, Jacksons Landing, one of Australia's biggest waterfront residential redevelopments, is officially completed.

 


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Sydney's urban growth history

Sydney's urban growth history | Urban Places | Scoop.it
Video: The expansion of built up urban land in Sydney (1808-2000), NYU Stern Urbanization Project The growth of Sydney's urban fringe, as well as that of other cities, has been documented recently ...

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Urban Dynamics Of Sydney: Oxford St

Urban Dynamics Of Sydney: Oxford St | Urban Places | Scoop.it

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Sydney develops its very own brand of architecture: curvy

Sydney develops its very own brand of architecture: curvy | Urban Places | Scoop.it
Developers and architects are breaking out of the box to celebrate Sydney's curves.

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A congestion charge will help unclog Sydney's roads and save drivers money

A congestion charge will help unclog Sydney's roads and save drivers money | Urban Places | Scoop.it
We need to the begin the journey away from fixed charges, such as car registration, to use-based charges.

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What's New in ArcGIS Online

Bern Szukalski shares his highlights from the latest release of ArcGIS Online.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 11, 4:35 PM

This video is a great way to find out what is new in ArcGIS online this month.  Some of the capabilities highlighted in this 10 minute video are:

  • New oceans layers
  • Drag and drop route change ability
  • Living Atlas – multidirectional hillshade, USA geologic units, drag layers to basemap (make custom basemap)
  • Vector tile basemaps
  • Compare 2 3D scenes
  • 3D in Web App Builder
  • Multiple attributes for symbolization
  • Predominance Mapping
  • Auto-play for storymaps

 

Tags: GIS, ESRIvideo, mapping, cartography, geospatial, technology.

Rob Duke's curator insight, April 19, 11:37 AM
This is one of the main programs you need to learn to be ready to work as a crime analyst....
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, April 19, 7:11 PM
I am just interested on what all these things tell us. ArcGIS is amazing new software which improves all the time. So much more we can do with Geography !!
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Why Mumbai should get over its obsession with cars

Why Mumbai should get over its obsession with cars | Urban Places | Scoop.it
There is no congestion charging, no bike-share scheme … no bus lanes even. Despite an estimated 91% of trips in the city being made on foot, bus or train, transport policy remains geared towards the car

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India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution

India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution | Urban Places | Scoop.it
National Green Tribunal directs all vehicles older than 15 years be taken off capital’s roads in bid to tackle bad air quality

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