Urban Environments for IB DP Geography

By Richard Allaway | For all IB DP Geography students and educators! #ibgeog11 and #ibgeog19 - 'Urban Environments'.

These mega-projects will transform the world's greatest cities by 2030

The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion.<p>To …

City maps from tourists' feelings

City maps from tourists’ feelings<p>The aim of this project is to map tourists’ perceptions of different urban areas through data retrieved from …

Where is the world's densest city?

Evenly spread over all of the world’s mountains, deserts and other terrains, we would be standing 150 metres away from our nearest neighbours. In the most densely populated cities – from Dhaka to Medellin – we’re right on top of them<p>Cities are all about density – groups of strangers agreeing to …

Cities

Grey plaque scheme highlights NO2 pollution in London

London’s Choking initiative aims to draw attention to areas where nitrogen dioxide pollution threatens public health<p>They take their inspiration from the well-known signs linking people from the past with the buildings they once inhabited, but the symbols now appearing across London are to highlight …

Pollution

The Starbucksification of independent cafes

Dublin’s artisanal outlets are as complicit in homogenisation of the city as major chains<p>Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 12:58<p>In 2013, Caitlin Moran wrote a …

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for 'entertainment city' near Riyadh

<b>Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for an entertainment city on the edge of Riyadh which will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar once complete.</b><p>The 334 sq km (129 sq mile) attraction - about the same as Las Vegas - will offer cultural, sporting and entertainment activities - including a Six Flags park …

The great sprawl of China: timelapse images reveal 30-year growth of cities

Timelapse satellite iamges show the staggering growth of cities such as Shenzhen, Dongguan and Yiwu, which three decades ago were barely on the map<p>Thirty years ago, most of these cities were barely on the map. Take the trade hub of Yiwu, pictured above. In 1985 it was home to 73,000 people; 20 …

Geography

More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people

Government policy and a shift westward have fed the staggering scale of China’s urban ambitions – 119 cities as big as Liverpool, and likely double that by 2025<p>The other China week: what it is and how you can be involved Explore our special investigative series here<p>China now has more than 100 …

Cities

China's 'airpocalypse' linked to Arctic sea ice loss

<b>The air pollution that lingered over eastern China for nearly a month in 2013 has been linked to the loss of Arctic sea ice the previous autumn.</b><p>A study says the haze lasted much longer because the melting ice and increased snowfall altered wind circulation patterns.<p>If Arctic ice continues to shrink …

The gruelling, six-hour commute of Beijing’s workers

High rental costs in China's capital have forced workers to travel for six or more hours a day to work. Danny Vincent follows one young mother on her long daily journey.<p>On some days, Zhang Xia spends more time commuting to work than she does in the office.<p>The 39-year-old marketing manager lives in …

Beijing

Revealed: thousands of children at London schools breathe toxic air

Exclusive: 802 schools, nurseries and colleges are in areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide breach EU legal limits<p>How have you been affected by air pollution?<p>Tens of thousands of children at more than 800 schools, nurseries and colleges in London are being exposed to illegal levels of air …

Pollution

Hope for Hanoi? New bus system could cut pollution … if enough people use it

A new $53m BRT (bus rapid transit) system has the power to reduce Hanoi’s dreadful air pollution. Persuading residents of Vietnam’s rapidly expanding capital to ditch their motorbikes and private cars, however, will be another story<p>From his high-rise office building in Hanoi, Tran Dung can barely …

Air Quality

Sadiq Khan's diesel 'T-charge' zone which comes into force from October

Sadiq Khan today urged Londoners to “ditch dirty diesel” vehicles now as he announced that a new T-charge to price the filthiest models out of the …

Sadiq Khan

Dubai identifies air pollution hot spots, fines violators

Dubai: Dubai Municipality has said it has identified the hot spots of air pollution and taken action against violators as part of its efforts to …

The air we breathe

A Guardian Cities series investigating air pollution around the world<p>To highlight the dangerous air quality in the German city, which breached EU limits 25 times in January, two neighbours lodged a criminal complaint against city officials. Popular resistance to Stuttgart’s pollution problem is …

Pollution

Are you at risk? How pollution increases your chance of death – interactive

Greenpeace has calculated the increased risk of death at varying levels of air pollution in 3,000 cities around the world – by combining risk analysis from the IHME’s Global Burden of Disease project with annual average background levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5s) from the WHO<p>default

Geography

Cherrywood: the rocky road to a key Dublin development

article<p>http://www.e-pages.dk/irishtimes/1094/article/535411/29/1/external/?token=c1d42ed5155fd638662045cba69154c3<p>The Irish Times Feb 10. …

View from the favelas: A legacy of corruption, neglect and repression

In her latest diary entry on life in Alemão after the Games in Rio, Daiene Mendes says residents are the real champions for carrying on with their lives<p>Leia este artigo na lingua original<p>The Olympics are over, as is the expectation of building a real legacy for the people from the favelas. From …

Brazil

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion

Thousands head to pollution-free regions as haze descends on the country’s northern industrial heartland<p>Tens of thousands of “smog refugees” have reportedly fled China’s pollution-stricken north after the country was hit by its latest “airpocalyse” forcing almost half a billion people to live under …

China

Why is Bangalore stuck in traffic jams?

<b>The hottest topic of conversation in Bangalore these days is traffic, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey who spent 10 days in the southern Indian city recently.</b><p>A few days ago, popular British author Jeffrey Archer was in the city to launch his latest book when he had a taste of Bangalore's notorious …

'Get off the square!': The unsubtle gentrification of Jakarta's old town

Fatahillah Square was once a bustling hub of culture and nightlife. Now street vendors are forcibly removed, and hundreds of homes have been demolished in order to build corporate plazas. Has the area lost its soul?<p>“Get off the square!” the security guard yells into his megaphone. “The place is …

Cities

Jakarta at 30 million: my city is choking and sinking – it needs a new Plan B

Imagining a more stable future for this thrilling but chaotic metropolis – with its 3.5 million daily commuters – is not easy for those who live and work here. One leading Jakarta architect offers his vision for a smaller-scale future<p>Baca artikel ini dalam bahasa Indonesia di sini<p>Unlike other …

Cities

Medina bikes: Africa’s first cycle-share scheme launches in Marrakech

With the potential to curb urban congestion, could a successful trial scheme in Morocco act as a launchpad for borrowing bikes across the whole continent?<p>Moroccans claim you can identify someone as a true Marrakech local if they own a bicycle. The streets of this north African city were once full …

Cycling

Gridlock in West Africa: Accra's troubled attempts to tackle its traffic crisis

In Ghana’s capital, cars, motorbikes and minibuses jostle for road space during a daily descent on the city centre. With air pollution killing thousands every year and Accra’s population set to double within 20 years, can the city find a solution?<p>Every morning before the sun rises, Stella Ampofo, a …

Geography

Shrinking cities: the rise and fall of global urban populations – mapped

The world is experiencing rapid urbanisation, but not every city is growing. Population is likely to decline in 17% of large cities in developed regions and 8% of cities across the world from 2015 to 2025, according to a McKinsey report

Geography

Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

'Every breath is an effort': Delhi residents suffer amid smog crisis

Using the hashtags #DelhiSmog and #DelhiChokes, locals are voicing concern over heavy pollution shrouding the city<p>Residents and visitors to Delhi are struggling to cope with severe levels of toxic air pollution that have prompted authorities to declare an “emergency situation” in the city.<p>Locals …

Pollution

The bubble that turned into a tide: how London got hooked on gentrification

Gentrification is a familiar story in the capital – but now even the 1% are being squeezed out. What do the stories of Peckham, Holland Park and Chelsea tell us about the new reality?<p>• Share your stories of gentrification here<p>Earlier this month the Financial Times ran an article, as every newspaper …

London