L01IntroductionA0304

L01IntroductionA0304 - GES 1310 Comprehending the City Dr....

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Dr. HUANG Y. Lucy Department of Geography and Resource Management The Chinese University of Hong Kong The Process of Urbanization Urban Origin ¾ Childe's thesis: ± Agricultural surplus is the catalyst for change which leads for urban development ± It is likely to originate in areas with favourable conditions of the natural environment. ¾ Three conditions: ± Permanent settlements ± Agricultural surplus ± Class of merchants Urban Concept ¾ An urban place or city: ± As a physical entity ± The area is concentrated with population, buildings and socio-economic activities ¾ Criteria for defining urban place : ± population size ± economic base ± administrative criteria Population Size ¾ Rural village, town and city are different in population size. ¾ The population size to be urban varies over time and space. Country Minimum number of residents for urban Denmark and Sweden: 200 Canada: 1000 Unites States: 2500 Greece: 10,000 Japan: 30,000 Classification of the City 1. Hamlet 16-150 2. Village 150-1,000 3. Town 1,000-2,500 4. Small city 2,500-25,000 5. Medium sized city 25,000-100,000 6. Large city 100,000-800,000 7. Metropolis 800,000-Indefinite
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2010 for the course GES ges1100s taught by Professor Profh during the Spring '10 term at CUHK.

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