Urban Futures

Never before has the landscape of the planet looked more urban. Cities are growing at unprecedented rates. This topic seeks to explore why, and consider how the global pattern of urbanisation is changing. Urban challenges and opportunities are varied and unique and learners will examine these through studying two cities, one from an advanced country (AC) and one from either an emerging and developing country (EDC) or a low-income developing country (LIDC). Within each city, contrasting ways of life, geographical processes, problems and solutions will be studied in order to gain a holistic understanding of what makes up the urban fabric of each place.

5.1 Why do more than half the world’s population live in urban areas?

a. How is the global pattern of urbanisation changing?

b. What does rapid urbanisation mean for cities?

5.2 What are the challenges and opportunities for cities today?

This enquiry question is studied through case studies of one city in an AC and one city in an LIDC or EDC to answer sub-questions a and b.

City in an AC:

a. What is life like for people in a city?

b. How can cities become more sustainable?

City in an LIDC/EDC:

a. What is life like for people in a city?

b. How can cities become more sustainable?