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AICE Geography Settlement Dynamics Project


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This slideshow covers AICE syllabus content on settlement dynamics. There are various interactive resources and assessments at the end of the presentation. Enjoy!

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  • Note: On slide 13, under the 'positive' effects on the table, high population density can be seen as positive in that the settlement is relatively compact, with all services and functions easily accessible; if the population density was not as high, the rural area would become larger and more spread out, with longer travel times to access specific services as seen in the case of urban sprawl; the negative effect of increasing population density refers to an increase in population density such that the rural area becomes an urban city and/or suffers problems of overpopulation. Therefore, the increased population density can have both positive and negative effects.
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AICE Geography Settlement Dynamics Project

  1. 1. AICE Geography: Settlement Dynamics by: Orion Moore, Abigail Roos, Melanie Mestre
  2. 2. Urban Land Use ModelsBurgess Model• Suggests that cities expand outwards from the central business district as different rings of land use.• The oldest part is located at the city center; the newest part is around the edges of the city.• Quality and size of housing increases with distance from the CBD; density of housing decreases with an increase in available space; buildings are largest in the central area because there is abundant space and the land values are high.Hoyt Sector Model• Suggests that cities develop outwards in sectors along the main transport routes such as canals, rivers, and roads, and that housing developed along these routes
  3. 3. Urban Land Use Models (cont.)Land use illustrated in the diagrams• CBD (Central Business District) - located at the center of the city, connected to other regions by roads. It contains many commercial and business activities, shops (shopping malls), and entertainment.• Inner city - mixed land use such as small industries and high- density residential areas; often contains terraced housing.• Inner suburbs - the residential areas that developed during the 1920s to 1930s.• Outer suburbs - residential areas that developed later after the improvement of public transportation and private car ownership; this allowed people to live in areas further away from work.
  4. 4. Land use in the CBDCharacteristics of land use in the CBD• Old Core - contains narrow streets and often a historical core• Very accessible due to the fact that major roads all link to the CBD• Often has traffic restrictions to allow pedestrians to move along• Central market square (shopping center) area• High land values due to spatial competition• Minimal residential land use due to high land values• Multistory buildings due to high land values; helps to make the most use out of the available space• Shopping malls, banks, office buildings are in the CBD due to greater need of accessibility and capability of affording land in this area• Entertainment such as restaurants and clubs• Public/government buildings such as town halls• Historical buildings (ex: museums and University buildings in Cambridge)
  5. 5. Problems Associated With Land UseProblems associated with land use in the CBD• Spatial competition: the accessibility and central location of the CBD results in high density land use, therefore the cost of land to establish buildings in this area is very high. National chain stores (such as M&S - a retailing store in Cambridge) tend to dominate sales in the CBD since the competitors are generally smaller, independent stores which cannot afford to pay the high rents.• Urban decline: out-of-town major shopping plazas that have developed outside of the CBD results in the relocation of large stores, moving from the CBD to the newer plazas which have more room for expansion (and therefore lower spacial competition and cheaper prices), which allows for greater profits. The quality of buildings in the CBD decreases. Vacant buildings in the CBD can become sites of crime and vandalism, thus resulting in urban decline. This can eventually result in the development of inner city slums if left alone.Other problems associated with urban land use• Pollution: large-scale automobile transport can lead to air pollution as a result of the release of exhaust fumes; industrial action can also contribute to the atmospheric pollution.• Traffic Congestion: the easy accessibility of the CBD, along with an increase in car ownership leads to urban traffic problems, which become a major issue in several urban cities.
  6. 6. The Inner CityCharacteristics of the inner city of an urban area• High density housing in crowded areas, with minimal open space; can lead to overcrowding and development of shanty towns• Few social amenities (these are in the CBD)• Factory employment (industrial field of work - can lead to air pollution)Advantages of living in the inner cities in the past:• Land was cheap, therefore housing was cheap to buy or rent• Strong sense of community due to high density areas• Houses were close to areas where people would workProblems of living in the inner cities in the past:• Lack of open space• High crime rates• Large portion of citizens were low-income• Decayed housing• Declining industry, increased poverty, unemployment due to closed factories
  7. 7. Urban Renewal• Over time (around the 1960s), the buildings in the inner cities started to become worn down as a result of urban decline.• The area already lacked social amenities that serve as the main pull factor to some parts of urban areas; the inner cities became very unappealing as a living environment. • This can result in the development of inner city slums when low-income migrants are unable to afford housing. The unsuitable land in the inner city is often the only place where they can settle.• In order to address these problems, urban renewal/redevelopment began, where the inner cities of MEDCs were cleared out to be improved upon.• This resulted in the construction of high-quality residential housing, often multistory to accommodate for the limited space.• New housing buildings contained basic facilities such as clean water, restrooms, showers, etc. • This is referred to as gentrification.• However, low-income migrants still cannot afford housing because the prices increased due to improvements in housing conditions.• The problem of shanty towns still existed - the low-income migrants will eventually begin to build poor- quality housing out of any available materials in any land available. The land used for shanty towns is generally unsuitable to the majority of a population; it tends to be highly prone to environmental problems such as earthquakes, flooding, fires, etc. and may have other problems such as air pollution.
  8. 8. Advantages and Disadvantages of Urban RenewalNew buildings were constructed in order to. . . This was unsuccessful because. . . Low-income migrants from rural areas could notImprove the quality of life in the inner city afford housing; prices of housing increasedSave space by building multistory buildings There was still a high density of housingProvide basic facilities such as clean, running water, Sense of community in the inner city was lostelectricity, and restrooms Dark, narrow corridors served as an area of higherCreate a better living environment crime rate Low-income migrants still cannot afford housing, soPrevent the development of slums they are only forced to develop shanty towns elsewhere
  9. 9. Suburbanization and Urban SprawlSuburbanization• Urban sprawl is the continued outward growth of cities as new residential areas are established along the city’s borders.• This process of moving from the urban city to the suburbs is referred to as urban-rural migration or suburbanization.• Suburbanization became increasingly common during the early 20th century.• Early suburban growth (approx. 1920s-30s) forms the inner suburbs of a city, and the next major occurrence of suburban growth creates the outer suburbs (approx. 1960s-80s).Reasons for suburbanization• Cheaper cost of housing in the suburbs because it is not a highly contested area of land like the CBD.• Peoples’ desire for a change in lifestyle - suburban areas are less densely populated, which reduces congestion.• Improvement in public transportation and car ownership allowed people to disperse and live in areas further away from work.Outer suburbs• Urban sprawl results in continuous growth of urban areas, “overtaking” nearby rural areas by the establishment of residential housing on the rural-urban fringe (the area that marks the edge of a city and a rural village).• Housing in the outer suburbs tends to be high quality and low density due to availability of open space, creating a better living environment.• In order to maintain some portion of rural land, some policies have tried to limit urban sprawl. Therefore, outer city council buildings can often be found in the outer suburbs of a city.
  10. 10. Land Use at the Rural-Urban FringeConflicts concerning land use• Environmentalist groups want to limit urban sprawl in order to preserve the environment and keep it free of urban development.• Farmers want to protect wildlife reserves and farmland• If urban sprawl continues, several wildlife habitats will be destroyed.• As a result, there is spatial competition at the rural-urban fringe, as well as conflicts concerning the land use in this area.• Attempts to control or reduce urban sprawl and limit expansion near the rural-urban fringe include the development of green belts (many of these were created by the government in 1947).• A green belt is an area of land around a settlement where urban development is prohibited.• Over time, however, the characteristics of the rural-urban fringe change from largely rural to largely urban.
  11. 11. Green BeltsControlling urban sprawl• Green belts are one of the most efficient methods of reducing urbanization and urban sprawl.• Although successful in some cases, green belts often conserve land of little value, leaving the rest of the area (often high quality of land) open to be used for urban development.Case study of green belts in Cambridge• Population growth has resulted in in increased suburbanization and establishment of new settlements such as Bar Hill and Cambourne.• The increase in population puts pressure on green belts, which may result in more land being made available for urban development.• The current green belt is “designed to prevent the mergence of neighboring settlements, protect the countryside and maintain the character of the city of Cambridge”.• The demand for development would involve the construction of 8,000 homes on land in Cambridge that is currently in the green belt.• If land is not released for urban development, other possible options of accommodating for population increase include establishment of new settlements further away from urban sprawl and the urbanization of local towns.
  12. 12. The causes and consequences of Counter-urbanizationWhat is counter-urbanization?• Counter-urbanization is defined as the process of population movement from urban areas into rural areas (urban-rural migration). It is often a response to high rates of urbanization in a given city to prevent overpopulation and the development of shanty towns. Causes of counter-urbanizationPush factors in the urban area Pull factors in the rural areaHigh air pollution and traffic congestion Less air pollutionHigh population density Lower population density; more open spaceHigh land values (hard to find affordable Cheaper, more affordable land and housinghousing) Seen as a safer and more pleasant environmentHigh crime rates for raising children
  13. 13. The causes and consequences of Counter-urbanization (cont.) Consequences of counter-urbanization • Most notably, there is a change in land use associated with counter-urbanization. Other major effects of counter-urbanization include: Positive Negative Migration of wealthy people can lead to Increase in housing prices renewal of declining villages Population density increases with the High population density construction of houses High land values (hard to find affordable Public transport such as trains become more housing) crowded Localized businesses such as small shops will Increase in traffic leads to air pollution and experience an increase in sales to stay congestion profitable Services such as schools can be maintained Housing and health services become difficult with an increase in children to supply to an increasing population
  14. 14. Goods and Services• The higher up a settlement is on the settlement hierarchy, the greater variety and higher quality goods and services it will provide. • Therefore, hamlets/villages provide low order goods/services, while regional centers/capital cities offer both low and high order goods and services.• Sphere of Influence: the area served by a particular settlement in terms of goods and services; increases with the type and number of resources, size of the settlement, and accessibility.• Range: the distance one is willing to travel to access a service or obtain a good; increases with the variety of goods and services offered by a settlement.• Threshold population: minimum number of people needed to justify the provision of a service or presence of a certain shop• There are two types of goods and services.Low order goods and services• These are items of low cost which are used or bought rather frequently.• Examples: milk, bread, newspaperHigh order goods and services• These are items of higher cost which are used or bought less often.• Examples: furniture, electronics, etc.
  15. 15. Case study: Goods and Services of Areas Surrounding St. Ives, EnglandSettlement type Local example Services Types of shops Goods sold Frequency of visit Government buildings, All major national High order luxury and international airport, shops, some comparison goods suchCapital city London Twice yearly financial centers, international chain shops as furniture and fashion cathedrals, large shops and shopping malls items Supermarkets, large Chain stores, airport, High order specialistRegional city Cambridge national chain stores, Twice monthly offices goods department stores Middle order (sells some Cinema; edge-of-town Large chain stores andLarge town Huntingdon comparison and About once a week retail parks supermarkets specialist goods) Market/supermarket, Middle order (fromSmall town St. Ives Small chain stores 2-3 times per week dentist, library specialist shops) Convenience goods (low Church, public house,Large village Needingworth Village shop; post office order) such as bread and Several times a week general store newspapers Small shops, possiblySmall village Holywell Postbox, telephone Meat, fish, groceries Rarely mobileHamlet Conington None None None
  16. 16. Shanty TownsProblems associated with urbanization• A large portion of migrants to urban cities are low-income rural dwellers. They are unable to afford housing, and unlikely to get jobs due to a lack of skills/education.• Overcrowding through high rates of urbanization further reduces the available space for low-income migrants.• These migrants are forced to build shelter out of poor quality materials wherever they can find space. • In MEDCs, this is usually in the inner city. • In LEDCs, this is usually on the edge of the city. • In both MEDCs and LEDCs, these shelters can be found on unsuitable land such as oversteeped hills and marshy areas.• These collections of poor-quality shacks are referred to as shanty towns. These areas have high population density, high crime rates, no amenities. They lack electricity and sanitation (clean water/food supply and sewage disposal) • In some places, such as Dharavi, Asia, the people living in shanty towns may use rivers as toilets and unsanitary bathing. Therefore, disease is very common in these areas.The effects of gentrification on the development of shanty towns • When wealthier people come to urban areas, they may often settle in the inner city. Poor-quality buildings in the inner city are demolished to make room for better ones. • These higher quality buildings have higher costs; low-income rural migrants cannot find shelter in the poor quality buildings that used to be in the inner city. • They are forced to go somewhere else on unsuitable land to build shanty towns. This can increase the risk posed by environmental disasters.
  17. 17. The Bid-rent Theory• The bid-rent theory suggests that functions bid highest for land in the CBD, the most easily accessible location in relation to the entirety of an urban area• It also states that bid offers will decrease with distance from the CBD• Observing the graph at the right, it can be determined that commerce pays the highest price for land in the CBD. This is because a central location helps to insure the greatest profit.• The industrial portion pays the second highest. They want to be somewhat centrally located so they can easily transport their goods to a retailing business.• Residential areas pay the least because people are willing to travel further to buy a house, eliminating the need to locate the settlements in an easily and conveniently accessible area.
  18. 18. Interactive ReviewSettlement Vocabulary Flash Cards (Definition side given)Settlement Vocabulary Flash Cards (Vocabulary word side given)Settlement Vocabulary QuizSettlement Crossword QuizSettlement Multiple Choice QuizAICE Geography Exam Sample Settlement QuestionsInteractive map illustrating the occurrence of urbanization throughout the world since 1955Case Study of Traffic Management in Cambridge, UKUrban Land Use Map .AICE Geography Settlement Dynamics Test by Orion Moore - Geography Settlement Dynamics Flash Cards by Orion Moore -
  19. 19. ResourcesA-level Geography Urban Profiles Revision - Central place and Bid-rent theories |S-cool, the revision website. (n.d.). GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, therevision website. Retrieved May 20, 2011, from (2010, May 16). GeoBytesGCSE. Retrieved May 20, 2011, from, G., & Guinness, P. (n.d.). GEOCASES: Case Study: The Rural-urbanFringe. GEOCASES: Case Study: Access to Geographical Case Studies for A Level.Retrieved May 20, 2011, from