In this lesson, our instructor Bryan Cardella gives an introduction on the urban environment. He discusses city facts, the importance of location, site modification, planning and the environment, bringing nature to the city, and urban sprawl.
Points of view have changed on cities since the 60’s-70’s. In 1950 fewer than 1/3 of people lived in cities and today it’s almost 1/2 of the global population
In the U.S. 75% of people are in urban areas and 25% are in rural ones.
City planning has a lot to do with site and situation. Fall lines and bodies also come into play due to a need for water resources and trade along water routes
Sites can be modified to make way for a city, but there are potential disadvantages to doing this
The environmental history of cities has four stages: Rise of towns, the urban center, the industrial metropolis, and the center of civilization
City planning typically involves: defense, beauty, park planning
The city is an environment (not separate from nature), and it affects pollution levels, water supply, even climate. Energy budget must be taken into account, as well as climate effects, solar energy, water/soils, and pollution
Nature is brought to the city via urban forestry and rivers/canals. Vegetation, urban “wilds” and animal pests also remind us that we are still a part of nature!
Urban sprawl has become of increasing concern in the past few decades. A great example is in Boulder, CO
The Urban Environment
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.
This book includes a comprehensive review of the key AP Environmental Science concepts and targeted strategies for acing every section of the exam. Additionally, the book includes two full length practice tests with full answer explanations.
This book is an updated manual that offers a brand-new diagnostic test to pinpoint the test taker's strengths and weak areas, two full-length practice exams with all questions answered and explained, a detailed review of all test topics, supplemented with practice questions and quizzes with answers, an overview of the test plus helpful test-taking strategies, and hundreds of diagrams and illustrations .