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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Geography as Urban History, or History as Urban Geography?

Categories: Urban, Environmental Hazards, s1 and s2
I put together a quick google earth file, which I used with Higher today. It's basically a quick potted history of Glasgow's growth and its changing function, some of it sourced from the recent links I put on del.icio.us ( Incidentally, Charley's worth a watch), some from personal knowledge, and some from Mr Cameron from times gone by, who was an absolute fountain of knowledge about Glasgow in particular. I think this is a great example of where subjects like Geography and History have a real crossover, hence the post title. Hopefully this will be of some use when you're looking at site, situation and function. Tomorrow, if we're following the booklet, we should be doing urban models. I want to start with some photos (geographing it again maybe) which you will be asked to organise according to distance from the city centre. Once we have established the real order, I'll then bring in Burgess, Hoyt et al. I think generally these models have run their course, and cities are such dynamic places that models quickly become outdated, but I'd like to see what you think. A couple of my Advanced Higher students have found an almost perfect match to Burgess on one of their transect lines...
In other classes, s4 will be looking at the Asian Tsunami, video and sheet to fill in as you go along, while s1 will be given a few details about assessment before introducing Brazil with the 'Brazil or Not' exercise, followed by....long weekend!!!!!!!! Happy Easter!

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