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American Centroid Helps To Trace Path Of U.S. Migration

American Centroid Helps To Trace Path Of U.S. Migration | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

"David Greene talks to writer Jeremy Miller about the American Centroid. That's the place where an imaginary, flat, weightless and rigid map of the U.S. would balance perfectly if all 300 million of us weighed the exact same."


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The centre of population in the USA has moved further inland and southward compared to Australia. Comparing urbanisation in USA and Australia.

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:45 PM

Awesome way to show how the settlement of the US continues to move west with the population growing on the West Coast at a faster rate.  If you look at the biggest jump between 1850 and 1860 it shows the mass immigration into the US and the further migration to the western part of the US especailly with the gold rush starting in 1849.  Great littel piece of information.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:33 PM

Informative, short podcast that details the changing migration of the US. This allows for the comparison of migration and time and the effects of migration over the years in the US. 

Emily Bian's curator insight, October 17, 2014 7:32 PM

The center of the U.S. population moves about every 10 years. 

In our APHUG textbook, it also talked about the center moving west. It also talks about the patterns and shifts of migration in the U.S going more west and south now, than before. I wonder if the trend will continue?  

It relates because we talked about this map in APHUG class, and it was in the textbook. The population trend is moving Southwest.

This is interesting for next year's APHUG students, because they get to see a population trend right in the US! It's a good article to think about why population trends are the way it is.

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Where Australia's immigrants were born: Sydney | SBS World News

Where Australia's immigrants were born: Sydney | SBS World News | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
SBS World News Australia - bringing you the global & national news that matters. Watch SBS ONE 6.30pm nightly and 10.30pm Mon-Fri, listen at 6am & 6pm Mon-Fri.
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Life in a Toxic Country

Life in a Toxic Country | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

Consequences of uebanisatiobMy wife and I worry about how China’s bad air and food will affect our child.

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Consequences of urbanisation

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Stockholm's Newest Parking Garage Is Only For Bikes

Stockholm's Newest Parking Garage Is Only For Bikes | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
700 bike spots, lockers, and showersand not an engine in sight.
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Infographic Outlines Why Green Building is Smart Building

Infographic Outlines Why Green Building is Smart Building | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Why build green? This infographic from Green Building Canada simply explains many of the benefits.
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Jan Gehl: Making healthy cities - Danish Architecture Centre

Jan Gehl: Making healthy cities - Danish Architecture Centre | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Cities of the 21st century should be lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities. Jan Gehl tells us how all of these qualities can be achieved through the policy of making walking and cycling the preferred mode of movement in the city.
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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 | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | 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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Matt Davidson's curator insight, February 5, 6:10 AM

Great article for year 8 - urbanisation

Matt Richardson's curator insight, February 5, 3:27 PM

Where does one city end and another begin? Who knows anymore?

Vicki Curtain's curator insight, February 15, 8:30 PM

We could use this for both Year 7 Journeys and Year 8 Geography.

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The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 13, 10:57 AM

Kunstler passionately argues that American architecture and urban planning are not creating public places that encourage interaction and communal engagement.  We should create more distinct places that foster a sense of place that is 'worth fighting for,' as opposed to suburbia which he sees as emblematic of these problems. 


Question to Ponder: How should we design cities to create a strong sense of place?  What elements are necessary?  Warning: He uses some strong language.  


Tagsurban, planning architecture, suburbs, TED, video.

Kevin Barker's curator insight, January 21, 9:02 AM

This could become something of a fixation for me.  Plano TX is seen on many levels of a great suburban city but here is one way it is lacking most.

Linda Denty's curator insight, February 3, 5:41 PM
Strong language used in this!
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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.

After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn't make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn't just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren't even a convenient way to get around.

Now a growing number of cities are getting rid of cars in certain neighborhoods through fines, better design, new apps, and, in the case of Milan, even paying commuters to leave their car parked at home and take the train instead.

Unsurprisingly, the changes are happening fastest in European capitals that were designed hundreds or thousands of years before cars were ever built. In sprawling U.S. suburbs that were designed for driving, the path to eliminating cars is obviously more challenging.

Read further for more on the leaders moving toward car-free neighborhoods.


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Emlyn Davies-Cole's curator insight, January 21, 10:25 PM

This knowledge is not new, Architects, Urban designers, City planners, and Government officials have know of this but it has not been put to practice until now. Cities are meant to be populated with people and not dominated by four wheel vehicles.

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Can’t stand the heat? Come to world’s first climate-controlled city

Can’t stand the heat? Come to world’s first climate-controlled city | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Dubai has already earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries with its architecture, having built the world’s tallest building, a hotel shaped like a sail and a palm tree‑shaped archipelago of luxury properties.

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Catalyst: Future Cities - ABC TV Science

Catalyst: Future Cities - ABC TV Science | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

The media abounds with visions of gloomy, automated megacities or totally sustainable ecological utopias but how do these futuristic visions relate to the development of Australian cities over the next eighty years?
With soaring populations, how will we keep our cities liveable? And what will the city of tomorrow look like? Catalyst reporter, Anja Taylor explores some innovative ideas to enhance our future cities.

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8 ideas for the future of cities

8 ideas for the future of cities | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves. On the relaunched TEDCity2.org, you’ll find great talks on topics like housing, education and food, and how they relate to life in the bustling metropolis. You’ll find video explorations of 10 award-winning local projects that received funding through this TED Prize wish, and resources for those hoping to spark change in their own cities. The site will also be the home of all future TEDCity2.0 projects. In other words, it’s an online haven for everyone who wants to create the city of the future.


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Is New York City ready for future natural disasters? Join our investigation

Is New York City ready for future natural disasters? Join our investigation | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Welcome to our new series, where a NYC resident makes sense of the network protecting her from the next Sandy-sized storm … by interviewing the people preparing for it
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Slum developments across the world - 21st Century Challenges - Royal Geographical Society with IBG

Slum developments across the world - 21st Century Challenges - Royal Geographical Society with IBG | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Learn about the slums, favelas and barrios that are growing in many cities across the world
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The lone Sydney suburb where Chinese ancestry reigns

The lone Sydney suburb where Chinese ancestry reigns | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

iMpact of migration on Australian communitiesHurstville, 16 kilometres west of Sydney's CBD, occupies a unique spot on our demographic map.

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Contribution of migration to Australian communities / urban placers

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10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo

Great urbanisation "10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo" is a video I put together showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera of which it was shot. This footage comes…

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Great images for urbanisation - megacities etc 

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Where China’s future will happen

Where China’s future will happen | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

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oyndrila's curator insight, December 22, 2014 10:44 AM

An insightful article that examines the process of urbanisation in China.

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The Bicycle Snake - Danish Architecture Centre

The Bicycle Snake - Danish Architecture Centre | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Copenhagen's new cycle bridge The Bicycle Snake will complete the journey over the Bryggebro Bridge, offering Copenhagen's cyclists a fun ride along the harbour and past its tower blocks at first-floor level. As part of Copenhagen's strategy to be one of the best cycling cities in the world, the new cycle bridge will guarantee cyclists improved accessibility and connection to the city.
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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 | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | 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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The Upcycled City: Reclaiming the Street

The Upcycled City: Reclaiming the Street | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

Despite an admittedly strong preference for the automobile, Los Angeles and other forward-thinking cities are now re-allocating public (and private) land away from the car so that people can use the space for other purposes. 

The automobile remains the best transportation option in all but a few U.S. cities. However, we can strike a better balance with how we use the precious resource of space in our cities. By dedicating so much land to traveling comfortably and quickly by car, we miss out on using that land to create interesting places to travel to. While some communities may still require copious amounts of parking and travel lanes, others are developing different neighborhood priorities, like green space, local business presence, or better biking and walking infrastructure. We need to plan for flexibility, for the accommodation of what we cannot yet imagine.


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Reprogramming the City: New Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure

Reprogramming the City: New Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it

Curated by urban strategist Scott Burham, the latest exhibition at theDAC explores the array of untapped potential in our urban environments. Through installations such as a light therapy bus stop and a billboard that converts humidity into drinking water, the show will consider how infrastructure can encourage human interaction, perform alternative functions or assume an entirely new role.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 30, 2014 3:38 PM

Design can make a huge difference in terms of livable cities.

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Sick Cities: A Scenario for Dhaka City - Our World

Sick Cities: A Scenario for Dhaka City - Our World | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, is a 'sick city', due largely to rapid urbanization. But planning and other measures can nurse it into a sustainable urban environment.

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'Slum' is a loaded term. They are homegrown neighbourhoods

'Slum' is a loaded term. They are homegrown neighbourhoods | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
Mumbai’s informal settlements don’t fit the apocalyptic vision we’ve been sold. In fact, they could help solve India’s housing crisis

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This brilliant illustration shows how much public space we've surrendered to cars

This brilliant illustration shows how much public space we've surrendered to cars | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
How lopsided the the proportions of an urban street corner really are.


Most roads in the US are built for cars, not for pedestrians. Whether we're happy or unhappy with this, most of us are aware of it.

But this brilliant illustration, made by Swedish artist Karl Jilg and commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration, shows just how extreme the situation truly is — even in an urban business district that's designed with pedestrians in mind. 


Tags: urban, transportation, planning, art.


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Embracing the Future: the Smartest Cities In The World

Embracing the Future: the Smartest Cities In The World | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
These cities that are doing the best at embracing the future are focusing on improving technology, equality, sharing, civic participation, and more.

Over the past several years, the idea of the being "smart" has emerged as a key mechanism for cities to find innovative solutions to the challenges that they are facing. Increased demand for infrastructure, housing, transportation, jobs, energy, food and water are all straining city governments and infrastructure, as people around the world flock to urban centers in hopes of a better life and more opportunity. For many years, the push to create smarter cities was led by technology companies looking for uses (and buyers) for their products. But in recent years, cities have begun to think more holistically about what being a smart city could mean, and have innovated new ways to modernize how a city serves its citizens.


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Can we climate-proof cities? Six of the best conclusions from SXSW Eco 2014

Can we climate-proof cities? Six of the best conclusions from SXSW Eco 2014 | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 8: Changing nations | Scoop.it
City links: This week we were at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas, thinking about the future of cities amid climate change. Here are some of the best of the (many) conclusions
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