006 - Informal Housing

Factual Question

What is informal housing?

Debatable Question

Is there ever a sensible solution to informal dwellings?

Approaches to Learning

Creative Thinking Skills - Generating novel ideas and considering new perspectives - Create novel solutions to authentic problems. 

Digital Citizenship Framework

Information Literacy Skills - Analyse information  from a variety of sources and media. Collect data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

Key Terminology

You have heard the above terms before either in a prior lesson or year. As you have had a few sleeps since then so let's remind ourselves what they are.

Useful Links

Activity One - Watch

Thank you www.geographyalltheway.com for the note taking frame.

We are going to explore the area of Dharavi which is located in Mumbai, India. It is the largest informal dwelling area in the country and the third most populous in the world. Despite it being technically a slum is said to be one of the most educated informal dwelling areas in India. It has a literacy rate of approximately 69%. It also generates a total revenue amount of around $1 billion dollars. It exports leather goods, jewellery and textiles. It has also hosted well known films such as 'Slum dog Millionaire'. So what urban issues are occurring in this area and how can they be mitigated? To learn more about this area you going to watch a long YouTube clip 'From slums to skyscrapers' and you are going to fill in the note taking grid created by Mr. Allaway (thank you ).

Useful Resources

Note Taking Frame Produced by Mr. Allaway of www.geographyalltheway.com

Mumbai, India

Taken from - World Easy Guides 

Dharavi, Mumbai

Taken from - The spatial economy - Page 15

From Slums to Skyscraper

DW Documentary

Activity Two - The Podcast

This is a summative assignment based on what you have learnt about Dharavi, Mumbai in India. You are to produce an on-location style audio interview that shows your ability to construct meaningful questions to show your level of knowledge and understanding of urban issues. Your podcast will outline a specific urban issue (not informal dwellings) along with the possible solutions for the future. The audience of this podcast is my Diploma Level Geography students who are investigating the potential issues caused by flows of humans to urban areas as part of the Core element of their course. Make a copy of the Google Doc below. The table goes through the investigating process. You will need to submit the table along with your podcast. 


You will need to include the following points:

Formal Requirements

Cities of the Future - The Podcast - The Process

Useful Resources


How to focus your search...

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on Criteria A - Knowing and understanding (both strands) and Criteria B - Investigating

Year 11 - Assessment Task - Future Cities Podcast - Subject-Specific Criteria

Extra Useful Resources

Slumming It - Episode 1

Kevin McCloud

Slumming It - Episode 2

Kevin McCloud