007 - Homogenization of Landscape
Explain (AO2) the evolution of uniform urban landscapes; the effects of common commercial activity, structures, styles of construction and infrastructure.
- Uniform landscape
Define the key terms above by using the 'Command Term' posters on the classroom cupboard doors and the useful links below:
Image One - Description of a uniform landscape
Taken From - http://slideplayer.com/slide/7434114/
Activity One - Draw
Image Two - Draw
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.
- What four examples given in the textbook to show that homogenisation of landscapes are occurring across the world.
- Why do cities become homogenised?
- What is a world city?
- Give two examples of world cities with evidence to illustrate why these areas deserve the title.
- For the same cities you have chosen in question four, suggest what keeps these areas distinct.
- What is the CBD and what do you expect to see within it?
- How does retail help to shape the urban landscape?
- 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.
- Housing is something that can make areas distinct, particularly in poorer nations. Describe the differences in the housing between rich and poor neighbourhoods.
- Describe what a gradient of homogenisation is.
Exam Style Question
Explain why the landscapes of major world cities are becoming increasingly similar. [10 marks]