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Lecture 6

lecture 6

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Susannah Bunce

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part A: 3/5 concepts to define
- weekly themes
- e.g. urban culture, political ecology, historical patterns
- incorporate readings and lecture materials into answers
- focus on paraphrased definition
part B: 5/10 terms or examples to define and explain relevance
- how/why it's important
Urban Political Ecology
- cities are unnatural places
- local to global scaled resolutions to problems
- key concept in the study of human and urban geography since 1990s
- studies how pristine nature (trees, wildlife, water, soil, grasslands - geophysical locations)
is transformed through social decisions and practices in cities
- relationship between social (political, economic, cultural, everyday) decisions and
practices and changing natural landscapes
- how decisions come together to create new natural spaces in the community
socio-nature: intertwining of social and natural processes in the transformation of nature
- hybrid
- regarding the creation or building of the river - how it was regulated/located
cyborg urbanization: human insertions into or creation of natural spaces in cities - 'human
made nature'
- how nature is produced for own interest - nature serves as a function: relaxation, break,
atmosphere, recreation, balance between human & non-human nature, habitat for smaller
animals - how it is funded/ran
-- park spaces: universal access, gatherings, picnics, family reunions, horseback riding,
tennis, plays, etc (regulations for using several activities)
- urban natural landscape is always changing due to political decisions, economic interests,
and public needs and uses (social transformation of urban nature)
- decisions about the natural environment in cities are political - government & civil society
(people who use, want to protect)
Chicago River:
- green dye put into river on St. Patrick's Day
- food colouring is detrimental to water/environment
- happiness/celebration > negative impact onto rivers
- nature can be used for enjoyment (cyborg urbanization)
- redirected: drinking source - excrements polluted water
- towards another river away from the lake
Toronto Waterfront:
- Port Lands district of Toronto = manmade land (south of Front st.)
- rubble & drained soils
- created for industrial purposes to develop Toronto's industrial 'home'
- 1910s
Leslie Street Spit, Toronto [Tommy Thompson Park] (rubble dumped) through sprawl
- Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA) regulates/manages large pieces
of natural spaces
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