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Crisis in Mexico's MEGACITY

Mexico's vast capital — Ciudad de México, the largest city in the Americas — is under threat from a severe water crisis. Subscribe to TDC

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A short detailed account of Mexico city and the challenge of water and responses to the challenge. This video is 9 minutes.
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Beyond Sydney: The regional town that's got 'everything going for it'

Beyond Sydney: The regional town that's got 'everything going for it' | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
It took a lot of convincing for Andrew Hudson to move away from Manly.
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This article includes a short video clip about exurbanisation as an urban dynamic of change. Addresses Mudgee as The video clip focusses on sea-change from Sydney to Kiama.
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Model for megacities? Mexico City cleans up its air.

http://t.co/QiuXiLANPs Megacities: Mexico City cleans air
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A useful example of the response to challenges of living in a mega city, how Mexico city has responded to the issue of air pollution.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, April 23, 2013 12:04 AM

A useful example of the response to challenges of living in a mega city, how Mexico city has responded to the issue of air pollution.

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It's a dirty business: development on the urban fringe - ABC Sydney - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

It's a dirty business: development on the urban fringe - ABC Sydney - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
As Sydney's fringe expands, are we seeing a significant conflict over land for new housing and land for food production?
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Discussion about the competing uses of land on urban fringe of Sydney as suburbanisation continues. Use for the Urban Places topic  case study of a large city in  developed world.
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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) | DSODE HSC Geog 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, 2016 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, 2016 8:48 PM

Mega city to Meta city...

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Cities are the New Nations

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"Political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important."


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A great article providing an new insight into the development and role of World cities.
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Emily Mikus's curator insight, April 25, 2017 11:35 AM
This article is about cities being important in political geography and it relates to our class because we just learned about whenever you go to calculate the number of people of that are a certain ethnicity in a certain region or area, you look in the cities. This also relates because we are learning about political geography in this unit. I believe this scoop and the statements in it, they are true and definitely go along with this new unit. They also open my eyes to some hings I've never thought of before.
Madison Williams's curator insight, May 7, 2017 8:52 PM
This article relates to our chapter because it talks about political boundaries, in my opinion the world is way more connected than it used to be because of global trading, traveling, ect..
Alex Smiga's curator insight, August 9, 2017 9:57 AM
You heard it here first.  30 is the new 20, Master's are the new Bachelor's, Cities are the new Nations, Orange is the new Black, etc...
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Characteristics of the rural-urban fringe | Geography | tutor2u

Characteristics of the rural-urban fringe | Geography | tutor2u | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
What is the rural-urban fringe? Quite simply it’s the transition zone where urban and rural areas meet, mix and sometimes clash.


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Good overview of the outer area of urban areas. Links to the urban dynamic of suburbanisation.

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How liveable is your Sydney suburb?

How liveable is your Sydney suburb? | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
A new Urban Living Index ranks 228 Sydney suburban areas for liveability.
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Study of Sydney liveability and covers the culture of place and urban precesses that result in differences in opportunities within Sydney.

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Sense of Place


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Provides great example of the concepts of Place and Lieveability.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 4, 2015 9:55 PM

Kunstler 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? 


Tagsurban, planning, place, architecture, suburbs, video.

L.Long's curator insight, November 20, 2015 7:04 PM

Culture of Place

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The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India

The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
The country’s future depends on keeping the holy river alive.

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This article focusses on the impact of development on the Ganges river.

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Sarah Holloway's curator insight, February 16, 2016 6:26 PM

This article touches on very serious religious and environmental issues connected to the Ganges River.  The Ganges is the sacred river of Hinduism and in part because the river valley is the most heavily populated region of India.  Simultaneously, this holy river is an incredibly polluted river as it's the watershed for a industrial region that struggles with significant sanitation problems; this is a great article on the environmental and cultural issues of development.

Zavier Lineberger's curator insight, April 24, 1:20 PM
(South Asia) Varanasi, the oldest city in India and the religious center of Hinduism, has an enormous business focusing around cremating bodies to scatter in the Ganges River. Hindus believe the Ganges can break the cycle of reincarnation, so many who do not have money to pay for cremation drop their deceased directly into the river to help them break this cycle. However, the river supports approximately 10% of the entire worlds' population and belief in Ganga, "the self-cleaning river god" allows for Indians to poison the same water they drink out of. It is estimated that 70% of people that use the water become diseased by the sewage and industrial waste poured into it.
India cannot stop dependence on the river. Hindus bath in the holy water of the Ganges, and an increasing population means increased water consumption. It will take concentrated efforts from government and spiritual leaders to change the dominate opinion.
brielle blais's curator insight, May 1, 6:39 PM
This article showcases how different aspects of geography can both help and harm a country. The Ganges River is incredibly important to India. It is a sacred place where the people believe in Ganges, the idea of allowing the dead to reach eternal liberation. Here, hundreds of bodies are burned a day. If they aren't burned, family members of the deceased let the dead float down the river. This phenomenon attracts many tourist and allows for the economy of India to thrive. However, the bodies are beginning to seriously pollute the river. Areas have become stagnant, full of disease. The problem doesn't end however, as India's population is increasing steadily as well. Water needs to be cleaned to meet the demand or India will face a true crisis.
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Aerial imagery captures Barangaroo’s evolution since 2010 | Architecture And Design

Aerial imagery captures Barangaroo’s evolution since 2010 | Architecture And Design | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
A series of aerial photographs documenting the transformation of the Barangaroo precinct since development began in 2010 have been released.

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Great study of Urban Renewal in sydney at the Barrangaroo site.

 

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The Speed Burden [Costs of Sprawl]

The Speed Burden [Costs of Sprawl] | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
The need for speed devours huge chunks of American cities and leaves the edges of the expressways worthless. Busy streets, for almost all of human history, created the greatest real estate value because they delivered customers and clients to the businesses operating there. This in turn cultivated the highest tax revenues in town, both from higher property taxes and from elevated sales taxes. But you can't set up shop on the side of an expressway. How can cities afford to spend so much to create thoroughfares with no adjoining property value?

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Alexa Earl's curator insight, March 14, 2015 10:48 AM

This blog really made me realize what an impact humans are to the environment. They compare different cities and talk about the impacts and it really showed me how humans have built up cities.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 21, 2015 6:12 PM

A side by side comparison at first blush is striking but the devil is in the details. Florence, Italy is a city of only 368,000 while the Atlanta metro area is about 4.5 million. Agree that sprawl is ineffective real estate and efficiency wise, but fuel prices may be having a counter effect on the reduction of sprawl. It is much less expensive to commute given the price of oil at its current levels and the millennials will have a say in this urban sprawl contracting or expanding. Many do not own cars, relying on commuter systems within the city to get around. This in theory should drive down demand for fossil fuels, culminating in reduced prices for gasoline. If the infrastructure is already built, was is the cost to maintain it, given the static population of the large metro areas? Interesting to see how this plays out.

Kristina Lemson's curator insight, April 16, 2016 10:38 PM
This post is interesting for us given the massive Mitchell Freeway and Wanneroo Rd  development just north of Banksia Grove. How do you think this perspective adds to the issues you could discuss in your project report? 
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The death of Kings Cross as we know it

The death of Kings Cross as we know it | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
There is big change underway in Sydney's Golden Mile. All the way down the strip in Sydney's Kings Cross, shops that once housed liquor, fast food, sex and convenience have been plastered with For Lease signs.
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Great article, with video on the SMH site, relating to the changing economic and residential functions within the Kings Cross Darlinghurst area of Sydney. Great contemporary data is presented for teh case study of Sydney as a large city in the developed world.

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The World's Fastest Growing MEGACITY

Dhaka, Bangladesh - the capital of the most densely populated major country in the world - is also the planet's fastest growing city. Subscribe to TDC

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A great short (7 minute) overview of the development of Dhaka, its challenges and possibilities for the future of the worlds fastest growing mega city.
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The 7 Types of Cities

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What are the 7 types of global cities?

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This article redefines the classification of world cities. The article presents classifications based on economy and connectivity. A different view of the world cities point from HSC syllabus in Urban Places topic. 
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Opera Residences shoot for the sky

Opera Residences shoot for the sky | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it

The landmark location and stunning views mean demand for these new luxury apartments could be unprecedented.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 6, 2016 9:48 PM
Current article relating to the consolidation process occurring within Sydney and demand for inner city apartments. Applicable to case study of the results of urban dynamics and Sydney as a large city in developed world.
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'Reimagined' Sydney must be three cities: Lucy Turnbull

'Reimagined' Sydney must be three cities: Lucy Turnbull | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it

Sydney has to become three 30-minute cities, the Eastern Harbour City, the Central Parramatta River City, and the Western City, to successfully deal with population growth, Greater Sydney Commission chief Lucy Turnbull says.

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Contemporary discussion of the future of Sydney. Use for the Urban Places topic case study of a large city from the developed world.
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Bolivian Commuters Soar Through The Sky

"The world's biggest urban gondola system, known as Mi Teleférico, opened in La Paz, Bolivia, in May 2014. The 6-mile-long system is an engineering feat."

 

Tags: transportation, South America, Bolivia, urban, planning, architecture.


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The gondola system of La Paz, Bolivia called Mi Teleferico,  addresses the transport challenge in a large and unplanned city already overcrowded with vehicles and facing steep terrain. This short video provides a great overview of the creative response to a transport challenge and the background images provide a view of what the city is like.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 24, 2016 7:53 AM

The importance of services and facilities in connecting people and places to enhance liveability - social connectedness

 

GeoWorld 7

Chapter 7: Liveability Measurement and environmental factors

7.5 Transport: mobile and socially connected

Chapter 10 Enhancing liveability

10.1 Enhancing liveability and sustainability

Geothink: Attributes of a liveable place; New transport hierarchy; Planning liveable places.

 

Matt Manish's curator insight, May 3, 10:19 AM
This is quite an interesting transportation solution for the overcrowded city of La Paz, Bolivia. In this city there is so much traffic that it makes more sense for them to create a system of lifts to get around town rather than driving. This idea is indeed innovative and is helping the commuters in La Paz get to where they need to be faster and in a much more efficient time frame. It makes me wonder if this revolutionary idea will catch on in other major cities that are overcrowded just like how subway systems have been used in major cities. Overall, this system seems to have a lot benefits and it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring it to other growing cities as a new idea for transportation.
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Which mega-cities offer best protection from climate change?

Which mega-cities offer best protection from climate change? | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it

By Chris Arsenault TORONTO, Feb 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's wealthy cities received a large part of the $323 billion governments spent on m...

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​Gentrification | Geography | tutor2u

​Gentrification | Geography | tutor2u | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
Gentrification is the revival of an urban area that has been subject to environmental, and possibly socio-economic decline. It is the revitalisation of a part o
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This succint article provides an easily undertood overview of the process of gentrification and links it to other urban dynamics of change. Use of examples in New York and London illustrate and provide explanation of the process.

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Flooding in Asia's Megacities | In Asia

Flooding in Asia's Megacities | In Asia | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
My colleagues in The Asia Foundation's Environment Program recently returned from Bangkok, where the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum they were

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Addresses one of the challenges of megacities in the Developing world.

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8000 apartments to be built along Parramatta River corridor

8000 apartments to be built along Parramatta River corridor | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
Up to 8000 dwellings are being built in the corridor between Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta.
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This is a great acocunt of the urban dynamics of Renewal and Consolidation operating in Sydney. The article should be useful for any study of Sydney especially the  study of the results of urban dynamics operating in a larege city in the developed world.

 

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Tweet from @TheEconomist

Tweet from @TheEconomist | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
Traffic is a way of life in Lagos, Africa's most populous city. And it's getting worse http://econ.st/1MlhJem pic.twitter.com/0ZHlUFUiAv
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The challenge of traffic congestion in the mega-city of Lagos is addressed in this article.

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Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells

Green Square: infrastructure under pressure as projected population swells | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
The suburb that's set to become the most densely populated in the country is going to be bigger than previously thought, fuelling concerns about the congestion issues already plaguing Green Square.

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Urban dynamics of change operating in Sydney as a large city in developed world are evident in this article. This also relates to an urban dynamic operating in a suburb.

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The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water | DSODE HSC Geog Urban Places | Scoop.it
Thanks to the worst drought in eight decades, millions of people in São Paulo are facing water outages.


Tags: Brazil, urban, water, urban ecology, climate change, environment depend, sustainability, agriculture, food production.


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Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 25, 2014 12:49 PM

Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, which provides one third of the countries GPD, is now running low or water due to one of the worst droughts in 8 years. There are more than 21 million people in this city and 13 million of them are facing water outages. If it doesn't rain soon, the city could face a collapse. The city has blamed the drought of lack of water in the vapor clouds that the amazon usually provides to the city. They also blame it on deforestation and global warming. President Dilma Rousseff has questioned the cities misusage of their water supply, claiming that the city mismanaged their water supply.  

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:16 AM

This shows just how important water is the human race. It also shows how humans have no sense of urgency in conserving water until it's too late. The saying "you never know a good thing until it's gone" applies in this case. The Brazilian government did not take any sufficient measures to conserve water until it realized how depleted the reservoir is. This event demonstrates the environmental impact of  water depletion on humans, and how humans have such a huge impact on the geographical landscape on Earth. As seen in the picture above, many greens turned yellow as a result of the lowering water levels. The river beds are soon going to be overgrown by shrubbery as water no longer exists there. These are all results of a combination of natural (lack of rain) and human causes of resource depletion.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 30, 2015 7:19 AM

water