Key Concepts in Urban Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Urban Geography provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in urban geography.

Envisioning and Experience

Envisioning and experience


Many high school or second level students first encounter urban geography through particular kinds of line drawings or diagrams. Generations of students – including some of the contributors to this book – learned about the spatial pattern of cities through exposure to three diagrammatic representations of the city used by Chauncy Harris and Edward Ullman (1945) in their now classic article on concentric-zone, sector and multiple nuclei models of urban growth (see figure 3.1.1). Even if Harris and Ullman's models have been critiqued and revised, the technique of diagrammatic representation upon which they depend remains central to the teaching and learning of urban geography: most introductory textbooks about urban geography will contain a range of similar renderings of urban ...

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