The following websites have proven useful to our initial thinking about cities and the learning opportunities they present us with. They are shared as starting points and as new sites come to our attention we will update this section of the website accordingly. If you know of good sites then please let us know. Tide~ accepts no responsibility for the content of these external websites.
Global Cities looks at the changing faces of ten dynamic international cities: Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. Each city is explored through film, images and words using five thematic lenses – speed, size, density, diversity and form.
Recommendation: The short film ‘Cities in a Changing World’ at bottom of first page.
The SACN is made up of 9 cities in South Africa sharing ideas and strategies for a better urban future. The website includes links to each city and to reports produced by the SACN to monitor progress. Tide~ have used the City Development Strategy (CDS) developed by SACN members as a framework for exploring cities as a lens to the world.
The Cities Alliance is a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction. By promoting the positive impacts of urbanisation, the Alliance helps local authorities plan and prepare for future growth. This website is full of information and links and produces some very useful research materials. More for background than for direct student use.
Recommendation: Good for case study based research within their main reports such as their ‘Liveable Cities’ report.
The International Centre for Sustainable Cities (ICSC) works with cities around the world to help solve problems related to urban growth. ICSC encourages action on urban sustainability in cities around the world, through practical demonstration projects, peer learning networks, affiliations, and high profile events.
Recommendation: The ‘Project Profiles’ section of the website provides solid caste studies from across the world and organised by varied targets/interests. Excellent for case study research.
The main UN body responsible for work on human settlements and with the challenges facing our global cities. Masses of information including the bi-annual ‘State of the World’s Cities’ report. www.unhabitat.org
Recommendation: There are some particularly useful materials on climate change and cities at www.unhabitat.org/pmss/getPage.asp?page=promoView&promo=2226
The UN Cyber School Bus showcases interactive materials for students and teachers developed in collaboration with teachers from around the world. This particular curriculum is called ‘Cities of Today, Cities of Tomorrow!’ and is made up of six units to give you an overview of urbanization—its history, its potential, its problems. It is a little dated now, but still some useful and interesting materials.
This is an in-depth report from the BBC that looks at a wide range of issues relating to the urbanisation of our planet. It includes graphics, case studies and links to current news stories. A great place to explore for stimulus and ideas.
Recommendation: There is a useful interactive map that looks at urban growth globally 1955-2015. This provides a handy visual reference for getting to grips with the scale and speed of urban growth http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/world/06/urbanisation/html/urbanisation.stm