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A High Line to Speed Commutes in Edinburgh

A High Line to Speed Commutes in Edinburgh | Social Environments | Scoop.it
The proposed park bridges two sides of an old elevated railway, creating a more direct route across town.

 

This is an interesting take on urban renewal, whilst improving pedestrian and bike access, as well as green space in a city... Could we do this in Australia?  

 

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Aerial housing photographs show stark division between rich and poor in Mexico

Aerial housing photographs show stark division between rich and poor in Mexico | Social Environments | Scoop.it
A new advertising campaign is seeking to draw attention to the gap between the wealthy and the poverty-stricken in Mexico by showing how they co-exist in disturbingly close proximity.

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Clarissa Rangel's curator insight, May 28, 5:49 PM

Interesting look at the social mobility of a super-urban area. 

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:26 AM

An advertising campaign hopes to show the differences of income and living standards between neighborhoods in Mexico.

The place of these areas are so vastly different as well as there interactions as the lower class makes shanty architecture and the upper class develops large condos and buildings just for residence.

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, June 17, 5:35 AM

And again in Brazil

http://civitasinclusive.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/paraisopolis-brazil-by-tuca-vieira-2004/

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Are “Space” And “Place” Interconnected Entities? - Urban Times

Are “Space” And “Place” Interconnected Entities? - Urban Times | Social Environments | Scoop.it
What is Space (in Geographical terms)? Is “space” a concept that is interrelated with what urbanists call “place” or is it as Doreen Massey states the sum of all the connections and relations we associate with in our lifetime?

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Discovering megacities

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Primate Cities: Mexico City

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


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dilaycock's curator insight, May 5, 2:52 PM

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."

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 22, 9:24 AM

The concept of a primate city has both benefits and drawbacks for the country in which it is located. The large population of the primate city draws new technology and foreign investment into the country. Unfortunately, the large population of the primate city also leads to population and brain drain from the surrounding regions which can damage the overall economic and intellectual status of the country. 

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:45 AM

Primate Cities are furthered studied using Mexico as an example.

Primate cities affect movement by having a greater pull on migrants.

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Climate change: Earth's giant game of Tetris - Joss Fong - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/climate-change-earth-s-giant-game-of-tetris-joss-fong There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The p...
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Roads Kill Map | Pulitzer Center

Roads Kill Map | Pulitzer Center | Social Environments | Scoop.it
The global road death toll has already reached 1.24 million per year and is on course to triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030.
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World's Most Thrilling Airports

World's Most Thrilling Airports | Social Environments | Scoop.it

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Caterin Victor's curator insight, October 27, 2013 1:02 PM

Amazing !!!

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 2:09 AM

Most people are scared enough to even go on a plan much less having to deal with some of these runways. This horrid runways include high altitude, short runways or even 90 degree turns to even advance onto the runway. Pretty scary if i might say so myself. Im surprised the St Maartens runways didn make the list with its threat of hitting a popular beach in the local proximity.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:02 PM

Some of these airports look to me as if planes won't make it. The one in Portugal goes over mountains and trees and is very short. Flying can be terrifying as it is but landing on some of these airport can be more nerve racking. This raises a question, was this the only land area these countries had to build a runway? 

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The 10 Most Striking City Timelapses

The 10 Most Striking City Timelapses | Social Environments | Scoop.it
Timelapses have become a popular and powerful means of capturing the energy and feel of cities around the world. Immersive, evocative and often beautiful – Urban Times looks at the Top 10 City Timelapses.
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BBC News - Tomorrow's Cities

BBC News - Tomorrow's Cities | Social Environments | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's Cities
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In Paris, Thefts and Vandalism Could Force Bike-Share to Shrink

In Paris, Thefts and Vandalism Could Force Bike-Share to Shrink | Social Environments | Scoop.it
A whopping 9,000 bikes were damaged or stolen last year, costing the Vélib' system about €1 million.
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This article will be very useful to students who will be looking at Brisbane's City Cyle scheme for their research task. 

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Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets | Social Environments | Scoop.it
It's a pretty impressive snapshot of the transportation networks of large stretches of the globe.
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Even Teenagers Don't Want to Go to Malls Anymore

Even Teenagers Don't Want to Go to Malls Anymore | Social Environments | Scoop.it
Big box stores are in desperate need of reinvention. But a handful of communities might have figured out the fix.
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Researchers map the geography of Twitter with geo-referencing

Researchers map the geography of Twitter with geo-referencing | Social Environments | Scoop.it
Researchers have revealed new insight into how the world communicates via Twitter by mapping the geography of Twitter.
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Before and after: seeing how much the world has changed in the last century will blow your mind!

Before and after: seeing how much the world has changed in the last century will blow your mind! | Social Environments | Scoop.it
The 20th century has been a time of huge changes for the most part of the biggest cities of the world, with millions of people moving from countries to urban areas and the capitalism transforming t...
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Uneven Population Distribution

Uneven Population Distribution | Social Environments | Scoop.it

"60% of Iceland's population lives in the red area."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 7, 6:02 AM

Similar to Iceland, Australia's population is also highly clustered.    


Questions to Ponder: Why is Iceland's population so highly clustered?  What is it about the red (and white) areas on the map that explain this pattern?  What other layers of information do we need to properly contextualize this information?  


Tags: Iceland, population, density.

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:39 AM

The majority of Iceland's population lives in that one space.

The geography of Iceland keeps the majority of people in the place that sustains life and comfort the best and easiest.

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Central Place Theory

Central Places:Theory and Applications produced by Ken Keller (kellek@danbury.k12.ct.us) adapted from Don Ziegler.


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chris tobin's comment, March 12, 2013 3:27 PM
This is interesting. Threshold and ranges are excellent tools to market goods and services especially within the hexagon model but also with statistical informaton on socioeconomic status and dispersement within a population for marketing purposes. Thanks- great information.
Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:15 PM

Another way to think about Central Place.

Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, April 20, 8:09 PM

Good Review HUGGERS

 

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New Town - 1948 British Town and Country Planning Documentary - Ella73TV - YouTube

Animated film produced by the British Government that explains how new towns are planned. . . Ella73TV - https://www.youtube.com/user/Ella73TV2 - A curated c...
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Did You Know - Mobile Stats for Africa 2011 - YouTube

An overview of the mobile technology landscape in Africa with statistics and facts about mobile phones in Africa. Compiled by Praekelt Foundation
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Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's streets? Not so mean any more | Video on TED.com

In this funny and thought-provoking talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a...
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NatGeo Feature: Megacities

NatGeo Feature: Megacities | Social Environments | Scoop.it

"By 2030, two out of three people will live in an urban world, with most of the explosive growth occurring in developing countries. For a preview of the future, the last in the Challenges for Humanity series explores São Paulo, Brazil; Lagos, Nigeria; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hyderabad, India."


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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:12 AM

The mega city revlution has started and accroing to stastics its only to get more popular. The creattion of these mega cities has trasformed where people want to live, while also helping to bring nations stability though creation on these mega cities. It was said that with in 30 years more than 60% of the population will live in cities. Theses megacities are desirable, they help to stablize a country and have almost doubbled in number since the 1990's. It will be intereesting to see how the effects of megacites play out on the eniorment and ecnomny in the futre though.

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:52 AM

Cities are attractive places to live. They host local entertainment, culture and are very lively.But with the increasing number of city dewellers in years to come i can see people easily forgetting their roots. This can also become a massive enviromental problems if citys start to expolde in numbers but the cities resources remain stagnet. Imagine a city like LA doubling in numbers the water supply in surrounding areas would be erraticacted.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 6:23 PM

Urbanization is the now. It is the up and coming world. That statistic is easily going to be correct in 2030. None the less, the world is conforming to its popular places. Where do you go when you need to shop, or to have a meeting? The city of course. Cities will take over the world and one day, no one will live in rural areas because there might not be any to even live in.

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Could Bixi's Financial Problems Affect Bike-Share in New York, D.C. and Beyond?

Could Bixi's Financial Problems Affect Bike-Share in New York, D.C. and Beyond? | Social Environments | Scoop.it
The Montréal company that supplies bicycles and docking stations for major U.S. cities is suffering from major cash flow issues.
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Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running

Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running | Social Environments | Scoop.it
UK comes 10th in OECD index, behind US and Scandinavian countries but ahead of France and Germany (RT @guardian: Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running http://t.co/303ziQyhmm...

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:15 PM

What pull factors and push factors can you identify?

Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 10:13 AM

I wonder if these ratings take "horrible spiders hiding in your car and shoes waiting to strike" into account, but in all honesty this is not much of a problem in the cities of Australia. Tourists and foreign businesses in the area do have to worry about the occasional Drop Bear (make sure to look this one up), but in all seriousness Australia has an interesting take on things, compulsory voting ensures that citizen participation in the government is always high, and health scores far outstrip many other industrialized regions.

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The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong | Social Environments | Scoop.it
We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.
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How Memory Alters Our Perception of Place

How Memory Alters Our Perception of Place | Social Environments | Scoop.it
The curious results of walking tours in New York, Berlin and Mumbai.
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Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too | Social Environments | Scoop.it
A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.
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