1 Intro To Urban Geography


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1 Intro To Urban Geography

  1. 1. Urban Environments
  2. 2. Neanderthals and early homo Sapiens were hunter gatherers who moved from place to place following wild animals and seasonal flora. Neolithic Revolution 10000bp – Switch from hunter gathering to sedentary agriculture and settlement. Catal Huyuk Anatolian Plateau, Jericho Jordan Fertile Crescent had the right animals and plants for domestication and crops. (wheat, barley, cows, goats sheep and pigs) Also the Indus valley of Pakistan/India and the Yangtze in China These areas were the first “civilisations”
  3. 3. The word civilisation comes from the latin civis meaning citizen of a city. Complex societies with, division of labour and social hierarchy tend to establish permanent settlements.
  4. 4. Urbanisation and the Industrial Revolution Starting in Britain in the late eighteenth century led to increased urbanisation in Britain and then continental Europe and North America.
  5. 5. Cities became centres of production, as manufacturing increased rapidly and employment in agriculture decreased. Manchester “Cottonopolis” – The first industrial city
  6. 6. Urbanisation and the Population Explosion Now we can see global levels of urbanisation. NICs and LEDCs are urbanising at a very fast rate. Rural to Urban migration Natural increase
  7. 7. Settlements are places where people live. They are created by us. They reflect our culture, our beliefs, our values. They range in size from small farmsteads to a metropolis with millions of inhabitants We could create perfect urban environments But urban environments develop through a combination of many factors, planned / unplanned, sometimes conflicting, always changing. The tyranny of small decisions.
  8. 8. What would be your ideal settlement? Piero della Francesca - Ideal City, Galleria Nazionale at Urbino
  9. 9. The island of Utopia as described by Thomas Moore
  10. 11. Palmanova - Italy
  11. 12. The City of the Sun as described by T. Campanella
  12. 13. For the first time in human history the majority of the world’s population now live in cities. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/world/2006/urbanisation/default.stm We are modifying huge areas of land, not just for cities, but also for the agricultural land, quarrying for building materials, energy resources which supply these cities. The ecological footprint of cities is far bigger than their land area. We are truly in the Anthropocene Age.
  13. 14. <ul><li>What is the environmental impact of increased urbanisation? </li></ul><ul><li>Can cities be sustainable? (live in a way which satisfies our needs but does not compromise future generations ability to meet their needs) </li></ul><ul><li>Do cities satisfy peoples needs and wants? Are people happier living in cities or the countryside? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an optimum size for a city? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the impact of primate mega cities? </li></ul><ul><li>Can urban processes be controlled or managed? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the future for the urban poor? </li></ul>
  14. 15. Urban system with a linear metabolism
  15. 16. Urban system with a Circular Metabolism
  16. 17. Urban densities and private transport
  17. 18. Urbanisation Growth in the percentage of the population living in urban areas Urban Growth Growth in the size of cities
  18. 19. World Urbanisation http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/world/2006/urbanisation/default.stm Landmark 188/189 Hart 212/213 Nagle 268 289 Pop, Res, Dev 62 (Zelinsky) Atlas data Use the information to describe and explain the trends in world urbanisation. Remember Zelinsky’s Model of Mobility Transition?
  19. 20. World Urbanisation <ul><li>Key trends </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Explanations </li></ul><ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>Research possibilities </li></ul>