TED Talks How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.
This talk is relevant not just because it focuses on many urban issues; it also is a fantastic demonstration of how to use spatial thinking to solve problems.
This is an interactive way to teach the importance of the redistricting process. Mapmakers (and geography) are crucial to the process. This game shows students how the process can be manipulated and if you understand local demographics and voting patterns, subtle shifts in the district borders can swing elections. This is a great way to teaching gerrymandering and how political cartography can be.
URBAN EARTH is a project to (re)present our habitat by walking across some of the largest urban areas on Earth. This video was shot by SUSO* and introduces t...
This is the introductory video to the Urban Earth youtube channel. The goal of this "guerrilla geography" is to see and understand the city beyond the tourism guidebook. Daniel Raven-Ellison, the creator of the project is one of National Geographic's "Emerging Explorers" and in this video, demonstrates the methods behind his urban explorations. You can see his influence in helping found http://www.missionexplore.net/ as a portal for alternative geographies to engage students. For more about his projects, see http://ravenellison.com/ for more details.
There are plenty of regional biases about other places. This map was generated by Google autocomplete. If you Google, "Why is Rhode Island so...." if will automatically suggest some responses. This was done for all the states and these autoresponses are quite revealing (and often humorous).
Nearly $1bn was spent last year buying wheat, sorghum and other products for the controversial US 'in-kind' food aid programmes. Over 40 companies sold food aid last year
But big agribusinesses are not the only ones winning US food aid contracts. Over 40 companies sold nearly 1.8m tonnes, or $1bn worth, of food aid last year.
Some have developed entirely new product lines, specifically to sell as overseas food aid. Others have fought to get their products on the list of eligible commodities, which includes items such as canned pink salmon and dehydrated potato flakes.
Didion, a private, family-owned company headquartered in Wisconsin, has developed a special line of corn-based food aid products. Last year it was the government’s top supplier of corn-soy blend, a fortified food of choice for the UN’s World Food Programme. What Crops are being donated? To which countries? From which companies? The answers lie in this interactive feature.
As mentioned by the cartographers of this London map, maps have a way of highlighting the social inequalities especially at the neighborhood scale in the urban environment. Each ward (census tract is colored according to child poverty rates, and the numbers represent life expectany rates in the neighborhood near each underground stop.