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In Pictures: Struggling to end child labour

In Pictures: Struggling to end child labour | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
June 12 marks the Day Against Child Labour focusing on the plight of working children globally.

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Liveability of places for children - children's rights 

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Thanks to Nicole Bailey @ Barker College for this link.

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NSW Geography Syllabus and Australian Curriculum
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Where's the best place to live?

Where's the best place to live? | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
This collection of media resources focuses on the liveability of places, particularly cities. But what makes one place...
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Students learn to assess the liveability of places using a range of criteria. 

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7 Creepy Abandoned Cities Across The World

7 Creepy Abandoned Cities Across The World | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Take a visual tour of seven creepy abandoned cities that are a stark living reminder of times and history long since past!
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Resettlement ravages the Canadian Innu

Resettlement ravages the Canadian Innu | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Innu man George Rich traces the decline of his peoples’ health and culture following a programme of forced resettlement
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A great example of change and liveability involving indigenous peoples

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World’s most dangerous countries

World’s most dangerous countries | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
A SNAPSHOT of the global state of peace and violence has revealed Australia, along with much of the rest of the world, has become an increasingly dangerous place over the past year.
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Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots - Project for Public Spaces

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots - Project for Public Spaces | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization, in fact – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.
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Enhancing liveability
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World's scariest school run? Chinese children tackle 800-metre cliff

World's scariest school run? Chinese children tackle 800-metre cliff | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Children as young as six from Atuler village in Sichuan province have to scale a huge rockface using rickety ladders
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GEOWORLD 7 NSW

Chapter 8 Rural, urban & remote places

8.4 Remote places (Image 8.4.2)

 

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Shifting sands of the Bedouin world - Changing liveability

Shifting sands of the Bedouin world - Changing liveability | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Bedouin pastoralists have inhabited the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years.gtg
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Changing liveability of places for Bedouin farmers
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The Ever-Expanding Slums

"Slums lack:

  • Permanent housing
  • Sufficient space
  • Clean water
  • Sanitation
  • Personal safety

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World's Largest Slums
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Another GREAT resource to show to Geography students! 
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Where is the riskiest place to live?

Where is the riskiest place to live? | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The world risk index reveals which countries are most at risk from rising sea levels and the increasing frequency of floods, droughts and storms
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Vienna named world's top city for quality of life

Vienna named world's top city for quality of life | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Study examining socioeconomic conditions places Austrian capital at apex of index while London, Paris and New York fail to make top 35
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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? | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | 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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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. 

 

 

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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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Change in 'liveability' score (from 2010 to 2015) | Vivid Maps

Change in 'liveability' score (from 2010 to 2015) | Vivid Maps | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Maps that explain the world
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Paris: Redesigning  Intersections For Pedestrians, Not Cars

Paris: Redesigning  Intersections For Pedestrians, Not Cars | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

The new designs make sure pedestrians get at least 50 of the public space, lanes of traffic be damned.

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There is an increasing trend to redesign cities as places for people -  pedestrian friendly and safe, accessible to all using a vareirty of transport modes, with good environmental quality and places to socialise and develop community connections. 

 

See Macmillan Geoworld 7 NSW

Chapter 10: Strategies to enhance liveability

10.1 Enhancing liveabilty and sustainability ( Paris Plages)

10.4 Places for people

10.5 Liveable streets 

10.12 Learning from Europe

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Bolivian Commuters Soar Through The Sky


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The importance of services and facilities in connecting people and places to enhance liveability - social connectedness
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Climate Change Refugees: A Catastrophe of Our Own Creation

Climate Change Refugees: A Catastrophe of Our Own Creation | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati
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Climate change threatening the liveability of coastal communities
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This alien world is the hottest place on Earth

This alien world is the hottest place on Earth | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Ethiopia's Danakil Depression has one of the most extreme climates found on Earth – yet even here, life has found a way
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Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.
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Relevant to the21st C Geography classroom
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Silo art success sparks plan for 'giant outdoor gallery' in regional Victoria

Silo art success sparks plan for 'giant outdoor gallery' in regional Victoria | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
A new 200 kilometre silo art trail featuring murals painted on silos throughout Victoria's north-west is being touted as a boon for the local economy and a morale-booster for communities hit hard by drought.
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How can this artwork enhance rural liveability? Enhancing liveability in rural places - increases community identity and brings tourists which promote the provision of facilities end services and create employment.
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All Aboard: Floating Food Forest Prepares for Debut Voyage in New York

All Aboard: Floating Food Forest Prepares for Debut Voyage in New York | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Food produced on Swale will be free to the public.
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Sustainable and liveable urban places
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Poles of Inaccessibility

Poles of Inaccessibility | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Geography nuts have located the hardest place to get to on every continent and beyond.

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The middle of nowhere...this is a common expression that is used to convey isolation, backwardness, wilderness, or a lack of network connections.  This article focuses on 8 places that are the farthest away from coasts as well as land (known as 'Poles of Inaccessibility').  The point on the map above is Point Nemo, right in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean; it is the farthest place on Earth from land and is one of the best candidates for the world champion title of "the middle of nowehere."  What is it close to?  Nothing. 

 

Tagsplace, distance, site, Oceania.

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Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents

Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The Catalan capital’s radical new strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community...
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Move over suburbia, Green Square offers new norm for urban living

Move over suburbia, Green Square offers new norm for urban living | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The Green Square urban renewal area – expected to be Sydney's most densely populated area by 2030 – represents a new paradigm of urban living.
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The 27 cities with the best quality of life in the world

The 27 cities with the best quality of life in the world | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The ranking is one of the most comprehensive of its kind and is carried out to help multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly.
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Which city offers the best quality of life?

Which city offers the best quality of life? | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

Mercer has released its annual Quality of Living Index for 2016 – so which cities provide the best and worst quality of life?

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Assessing the liveability of places

 

Compare the Mercer Quality of Living Survey with the Economist Intelligence Unit Most Liveable cities in  Geoworld 7 NSW

Chapter 7

7.1 Liveable cities: Where living is easiest

7.2 Low ranking liveability cities 

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The Geography of New Orleans

The Geography of New Orleans | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Geographers make a distinction between site and situation as they consider the underlying foundation of a place. Few cities represent such a wide chasm between these two aspects as does New Orleans. The situation, or the answer to why does a place exist, was imperative. The Mississippi River was a major artery for the North American continent. As first the Europeans and then the Americans assumed control of the area, a port was essential at the mouth of this river. But the site, the response to where a city is placed, continues to confound. Few environments were or are more inhospitable to human habitation. Poor soil, disease, floods, and hurricanes are constant threats that have plagued the city for over three centuries. But the why trumped the where and hence the paradox of New Orleans persists.

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The reasons people live in some places is a product of economic, environmental and historic factors. New Orleans is a good example. 

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Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, April 1, 7:32 PM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

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New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

Ivan Ius's curator insight, April 3, 11:58 AM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

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Walk Appeal and Public Health

Walk Appeal and Public Health | Lorraine's Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
"The core idea of Walk Appeal is that people walk longest and most often in places that entice them, but rarely walk just because they’re told they ought to. Some Walk Appeal factors are measurable, while others are immeasurable, and it has long been clear that Walk Appeal is the best predictor of the viability of neighborhood businesses."

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The concepts of "liveable streets" and "placemaking" can enhance the liveability of places.

Read about " Eyes on the street" amd " broken window theory",  "walkability", "green infrastructure"  and " 20 minute neighbourhoods" and orher strategies to enhance liveability in Macmillan Geoworld 7 NSW 

10.3 Creating better communities

10..4 Places for people

10.5 Liveable streets 

10.6 Green places and open spaces 

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Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, March 13, 7:44 AM

What is a reasonable distance to walk around town?  Research shows that cities with improved sidewalks, less parking lots, attractive storefronts and other amenities that encourage walking.  If  walking the urban environment is and of itself an experience worth having and makes the person feel like a flâneur, experiencing the city on a deeper level, automotive transport goes down and walking goes up.  Urban infrastructure is more important for most people than distance in deciding whether to get in the car or walk down the street (for distances under 2 miles).   Bottom line: neighborhoods that have an appealing sense of place are more walkable.

 

Tags: urban, place, transportation, planning, urbanism, architecture.

Jessica Ruddy's curator insight, March 21, 10:58 AM

What is a reasonable distance to walk around town?  Research shows that cities with improved sidewalks, less parking lots, attractive storefronts and other amenities that encourage walking.  If  walking the urban environment is and of itself an experience worth having and makes the person feel like a flâneur, experiencing the city on a deeper level, automotive transport goes down and walking goes up.  Urban infrastructure is more important for most people than distance in deciding whether to get in the car or walk down the street (for distances under 2 miles).   Bottom line: neighborhoods that have an appealing sense of place are more walkable.

 

Tags: urban, place, transportation, planning, urbanism, architecture.

Kristina Lemson's curator insight, April 16, 10:44 PM
Use Google Earth to examine the walkability of Banksia Grove. Can younidentify specific elements that look like they have been included to meet this aim? Conversely, what mitigates against people walking in BG?