Understanding Cities - Audio

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At the beginning of the 21st century, more than half the world’s population live in cities. Issues about governance, intensification of social relationships, the impact of globalisation, and the way green spaces are utilised become ever more pressing concerns. The tracks on this album explore some of the challenges faced across the world as citizens and administrators adapt to ever increasing pressures on city spaces and resources. The material forms part of the course DD304, Understanding Cities.

Nature Spaces

An allotment in Handsworth, Birmingham as an example of a nature space. Allotment holders talk about the ecological, sociological and community benefi...
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Shared Spaces

Some problems that can arise from differing viewpoints emerging in a shared community space, and possible threats to such spaces.
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Nature Formations

Implications for social justice and the future sustainability of city nature formations, in the context of continuing urban densification.
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New Ideas

Cities as a cultural crucible with nature spaces as an integral part. The potential for allotments as small-scale production centres. The wider implic...
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The effects of globalization trends on cities and the relevance and position of entrepreneurship. What do cities have to do to survive?
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Humanism and cities

The impacts of making the city more competitive, and whether this detracts from cities as a purely human space. Cities as moving beyond purely economi...
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Encounter or Containment?

The city as a non-corporate entity - the political possibilities inherent in city spaces. The city can be a politically strategic space, and how other...
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Unruliness and cities

The relationship of order and disorder in the city, and the intensification of social relationships in cities. Is such disorder positive or negative?
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Power Relations

Is the spacial order of cities a reaction against disorder? The suburbs as a social response to the city environment, the importance of connections in...
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