007 - Homogenization of Landscape

Syllabus Point

Explain (AO2) the evolution of uniform urban landscapes; the effects of common commercial activity, structures, styles of construction and infrastructure.

Key Terminology

  • Explain
  • Homogenisation
  • Uniform landscape

Define the key terms above by using the 'Command Term' posters on the classroom cupboard doors and the useful links below:

Useful Links

Image One - Description of a uniform landscape

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Activity One - Draw

Image Two - Draw

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Taken From - http://blog.creativelive.com/5-drawing-exercises-turn-make-anyone-artist/

The word homogenisation is often used today when the landscape is discussed, but what does this really look like? Collect a piece of A4 paper and draw a typical main or high street in a city. You can annotate the buildings if that helps. We will then compare what we have.

Activity Two - Comprehension

Now you know what a homogenised culture is, answer the questions below using the 'Global Interactions' textbook by Guinness, Pages 132-138.

  1. What four examples given in the textbook to show that homogenisation of landscapes are occurring across the world.
  2. Why do cities become homogenised?
  3. What is a world city?
  4. Give two examples of world cities with evidence to illustrate why these areas deserve the title.
  5. For the same cities you have chosen in question four, suggest what keeps these areas distinct.
  6. What is the CBD and what do you expect to see within it?
  7. How does retail help to shape the urban landscape?
  8. Describe the other examples of features in cities which make the areas homogenised. Think about the shopping centres, modes of transport and where people live.
  9. Housing is something that can make areas distinct, particularly in poorer nations. Describe the differences in the housing between rich and poor neighbourhoods.
  10. Describe what a gradient of homogenisation is.

Exam Style Question

Explain why the landscapes of major world cities are becoming increasingly similar. [10 marks]