Sustainable urban management
Key stage 4 Geography
Enquiry question: How can urban areas be managed more sustainably?
Knowledge and understanding
• Globally, 50% of people now live in cities and they create 80% of carbon emissions
• Sustainable urban management is based on social, economic and environmental pillars
• Cities need to be managed holistically if they are to be sustainable
• New technology and management systems may help to create more sustainable cities
• Sustainable community assessment
• Kite diagram to compare sustainability
• Explore future cities interactively
Most students will be able to:
• Identify features of a sustainable community using the Egan Wheel
• Recognise the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability
• Carry out a sustainable community assessment
• Compare the sustainability of communities on a kite diagram
• Explore the ways cities could be managed more sustainably in future
• Consider whether cities in the future will be more sustainable than in the past
• Have background knowledge of sustainable urban management and be familiar with the Egan Wheel
Sheet 1: The Egan Wheel
Meet at Hackney Wick station. Introduction to Hackney Wick as an old urban area that is undergoing rapid change. It was once an important manufacturing area, but also one of the most deprived communities in east London.
Sheet 2: Hackney Wick background
Location 1: Hackney Wick. Walk around the area to include, Lee Navigation, Energy Centre, Media Centre, converted factories and warehouses. Students carry out a sustainable community assessment.
Location 2: East Village (formerly Athletes Village). Walk through the Olympic Park to East Village. Note the Energy Centre that provides all the heat for East Village. Walk around the village, noting other sustainable features like water recycling, local services, biodiversity and cycle facilities. Students complete a second sustainable community assessment. They compare the sustainability of East Village and Hackney Wick on a kite diagram. Overall, which is more sustainable, do they think?
Location 3: The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock. Travel by DLR from Stratford International to Royal Victoria Dock.
Introduce students to the Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative. They view three short videos about the challenges cities face – demographic change, urbanisation and climate change. Working independently, they use interactive displays, including one to create a sustainable building.
They can also watch another video showing possible futures for three cities – London, New York and Copenhagen.
Sheet 3: Sustainable community assessment 1
Sheet 4: East Village background
Sheet 5: Sustainable community assessment 2
Sheet 6: Comparing sustainability
Sheet 7: Create a sustainable building
Either in the classroom at the Crystal, or in garden outside.
Discuss how cities can be managed more sustainably. What new ideas have they seen during the day? Are visions for future cities realistic? Are these cities ones they would like to live in? Why, or why not? Invite students to make their own sustainable urban management decisions.
Sheet 8: Sustainable urban management decisions
Additional costs (2017 prices)
Rail travel in East London: £4.00 per student on a group travel card (or free if booked in advance through TfL)