In the past few weeks, we have been discussing settlement patterns in rural and urban areas. We learned about settlement site, situation, function, hierarchy and services. We have also discussed three urban land use models that seem to demonstrate certain patterns in urban settlement between cities in MEDCs.
Yet all these cities developed mainly during, or soon after the industrial revolution. Although many conurbations are still growing, we have seen in the previous unit that most urban growth and rural to urban migration today is happening in LEDCs. With over 50% of the Earth’s population now living in cities, will settlement patterns be the same as it was in the much less populous 19th and 20th century Europe?
Welcome to Lagos.Probably one of the most extreme urban environment in the world, the Nigerian ex-capital went from 300 000 to over 16 million inhabitants in a single lifetime, and is still growing by about 300 000 per year. The issues raised by such urban growth in the new world economy are creating a new form of urban settlement pattern.
You have worked very hard these past few months and a well deserved break is in order. Although I am not assigning any homework, I encourage you to keep up with our current theme,Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability, and visit http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ to view at least one documentary on any current environmental issue.
Once you have watched the movie, do a quick search to see if there are any articles “debunking” some of the more controversial claims made in the film.
You do not need to write a report or prepare a presentation, I will simply ask you to discuss the movie you have watched, and if possible the controversy, at the beginning of the first class in January.
Have a wonderful break,
Here are a few suggestions of movies to watch, but feel free to find one on a topic that really interests you.
Settlement hierarchies are essentially a way to order settlements based upon their size and the services that they offer. This ranking will take into account the population size, the distance from other settlements, and the range and number of services provided.
Similarly, shopping centres can also be ranked in a hierarchical way, depending on the size, number of specialty shops, and distance from other shopping centres.