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Managing the Urban Environment

This is one choice for Unit 1. It is assessed by a 1hr exam (in June of year 10) & is worth 25% of your GCSE. A list of key terms (for you to define) is here.
2.1 Living in an increasingly urban world.

Dubai in 1991 & 2005 

MEDC Urbanisation revision from bitesize. 

Great page from the BBC. 

Wikipedia’s definition… 

‘The facts’ from the UN. 

 2.2 Environmental hazards in urban areas

 Key terms: Bronchitis.  Smog.  Photochemical Smog.  Sustainable.

Los Angeles Smog


Case Study:  Chongquin is one of the fastest 

 growing urban areas in the world.  Story here.  Find out how authorities there are reducing environmental problems: Use this, this, this and for more detail, this.

2.3 The threat of natural hazards in urban areas. 
 Key Terms: Tsunami.  Floodplain.  Earthquake.  Tectonic Hazard. 

Case Study: Los Angeles is a ‘multi-hazard’ city.  It is at threat from flooding, landslides, wildfires, earthquakes and is also on the Pacific Tsunami zone!  Watch this great video (youtube version here) to learn about their earthquake preparation (which culminated in the largest earthquake drill ever, involving 5.3million people in 2008), and see this and this and try this quiz

2.4 Reducing deprivation in urban areas in MEDCs. 

Key Terms: Mortality.  Life Expectancy.  Vandalism.  Deprivation.  Deprived Areas. 

Case Study: Use this PowerPoint to refresh your knowledge.  The different boroughs of London vary between some of the wealthiest and some of the most deprived places in the country.  Use this data to create a coropleth map on this outline: 

2.5 Urban redevelopment and regeneration. 

Key Terms: Regeneration.  Redevelopment.  Dereliction.  Mixed use. 

Case Study: Birmingham would seem like an obvious choice!! I’m sure you don’t need these, but the links are here

2.6 Managing movement in urban areas. 

Key Terms: Integrated transport system.  Biofuel.  Commuters. 

Case Study: Oxford is a great example of a city that has done lots to manage transport issues.  Cycle lanes, new buses and bus lanes, parking restrictions, pedestrianised areas, park and ride schemes, investment in the railway station…  REMEMBER that when you are asked to ‘use examples you have studied’ (or even if it doesn’t actually say that), you are more than welcome to use ANY examples you might know or have visited. 

2.7 Urban growth in developing countries – challenges and opportunities. 

Key Terms: Slums.  Squatter settlements. 

Case Study: Kevin McCloud’s recent programmes are a useful place to start. This PowerPoint is also great.  If you haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire, then get down to Blockbuster. 

2.8 Responding to the challenges of urban growth in developing countries. 

Key Terms: NGO (Non-government organisation).  Self-help schemes. 

Case Study: 

2.9 Britain’s first zero energy urban development – BEDZED. 

Key Terms: Brownfield land.  Ecological footprint. 

Case Study: This PowerPoint is a useful summary.  Then look at these links: BEDZEDZEDFACTORY

2.10 Sustainable urban living – the Greenhouse development. 

Key Terms: Urban regeneration.  Carbon-zero.  Eco-homes. 

Case Study: The best place to look at this development is at: 

 2.11 Improving urban environments. 

Key Terms: Green space.  Urban heat island. 

Case Study: Find out about places and organisations involved with this work here; ‘Green urban spaces in unusual places’ here and an interesting piece about New York here

 2.12 Britain’s eco-towns. 

Key Terms: Eco-settlements. 

Case Study: This video is a good start. This entry also has a summary and this PowerPoint will also tell you a little more about the proposals for Weston. 

2.13 Cities for the 21st century. 

Dontan; Eco-settlement next to Shanghai, China.

Key Terms: Sustainable. Infrastructure. 

Case Study: Masdar, in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is meant to be a truly sustainable city.  More info here. 

Other stuff: 


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