World of Cities

About this class

The aim of the course is to ask how and why cities grow, where humans choose to live, and to look at the evolution of “place” over time.

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by sofiyataver on October 5, 2017
Air pollution is one of the main problems of the modern world. The article “Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle” by Matthew Taylor points out that every area in London has an exceed limit of one of the most toxic pollution particles in the air (PM2.5). This condition has short and long-term negative effects on the health of the residents. The government is encouraging to set up some plans to regulate and reduce the pollution as soon as possible.

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by AnLuu on October 5, 2017
Switzerland has four official languages, being German, French, Italian and Romansh. 63% of the population speaks German, while 23% speaks French, 8% speaks Italian and 1% speaks Romansh. However, the three first languages appears on every official documents, while the last one is in danger of extinction. Furthermore, Switzerland has its own German, French and Italian dialects, as a result, language plays a huge part in Swiss’ identity.   

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by XavierGagnon on October 5, 2017
In our modern times, society has strived to develop more and more technology designed to simplify our lives. In Canada, a highly visible negative consequence of this pursuit of convenience is the drastic reduction in the amount of physical activity in which citizen take part in, especially in the kids of the newest generation. This includes all manners of their lives, whether that be in gym class, on the playground, while travelling to and from school; physical activity in general has been replaced by a more efficient or more attractive medium.

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by xmorand on October 5, 2017
It is a well-known fact that females are much underrepresented in leadership roles. In fact, in 2016, only 19% of the Congress was composed of females. In this article, Alice Eagly, Lori Beaman and Christopher Karpowitz discuss this issue.

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by chloebenko on October 5, 2017
This article by James Fredrick sheds light on the safety issue in Mexico City due to drug crimes. With the arrest and murder of eight narcos by the Mexican police in Mexico City this summer, Fredrick makes it clear that contrarily to what Mexico City's mayor used to say, this city is not free from drug cartels anymore. Consequently, residents fear for their safety. Indeed, according to the article, 85% of them feel their city is unsafe. The author also points out the economical impact of increasing violence in the city.

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by Ye DaSen on October 5, 2017
In the article “Beijing's smog: A tale of two cities”, the authors Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang demonstrate the negative effects of smog on the heath of people in Beijing and the Chinese society. By doing so, they want to help people to better understand the catastrophic effects that the air-pollution has. If people can know more facts about this issue, then they can also potentially improve the situation. The authors start the article by describing the equipments that a high-income Chinese family uses to purify and filter the polluted-air in their home.

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by maxdesy on October 5, 2017
In his article, Mr. Krishnamurthy tells us about India’s urban population growth and how it brings many issues for Indian cities to deal with. Indeed, from 2001 to 2011, the urban population increased by 91 million. As of right now, more than 377 million Indians live in urban areas. This urban growth is explained by the author due to the fact that, because agriculture and related activities were the sole occupation available for people in rural areas and land being a limited resource, as the population grew, land could not support any further addition to the labour force in rural areas.

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by Béatrice Provençal on October 5, 2017
The article ‘’«Quartiers sous tension»: bon ou mauvais, les dessous de la gentrification,’’ determines the negative and positive effects of gentrification in neighbourhoods of Montreal. Thus, gentrification is when low-income neighbourhoods become resettled by higher-income individuals. It creates inequalities because people that are wealthier have a greater use and control over space than the poorer people in the same community. On one hand, the phenomenon of gentrification can be negative for people that are poorer.

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by Sguimont on October 5, 2017
“Le Devoir” published an article, on September 5th, 2017, about the process of gentrification that is currently happening in the district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The author explains that from the last 20 years this district saw a considerable increase in the price of apartments, houses, and a complete transformation of the neighbourhood commercial vitality. In numbers it is 7 % less renters than in 1991, 3500 more condominiums in 26 years and an augmentation in the number of restaurants, from 44 in 1976 to 63 in 2016.

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by Tristan De Iure... on October 5, 2017
In my article, the author, Richard Florida, explains the new housing crisis in Canada and how it has much to do with other urban problems such as inequality and the oppression of the poorer strata. The heart of the problem, according to him, is the surge of the young and educated in great numbers into the city. This has not only lead to the increase in housing price in our biggest cities, but most importantly in a sharp decline of house affordability.

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by Charles Martel on October 4, 2017
The article “Violent Crime Is on the Rise in U.S. Cities” by David Johnson from TIME tackles the striking increase in violent crime in many of the United States’ most populated areas in 2016. Despite being far from the kind of violence that was present in 90’s, for a second year in a row last year, data collected from 61 metropolitan police agencies showed significant jumps in homicide, robbery and aggravated assault. Throughout the article, many factors are mentioned, such as gang violence, gun ownership, violence linked to drugs and even conflicts that start on social media.

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by AmandaMateus on October 4, 2017
The article, “Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?” by David Biello, the science curator for TED as well as the contributing editor for Scientific American, explains several ideas and setbacks regarding rapid growth in cities, particularly in the city Ordos in China. In this article, Biello justifies the effects of rapid urbanization on the environment and presents practical solutions to avoid unsustainable methods of construction. The high demand for apartment buildings and amenities for the million new residents in these areas leads to poor construction.

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by Simon Dupuis on October 4, 2017
Health care has skyrocketed in the U.S. in the past decades due to increasing rates of obesity. The cause of this is that Americans are buying unhealthy products. This phenomenon can be decreased by changing the store’s structure. When going to the supermarket, the essential products, like milk or eggs, are placed in the back. This way, costumers must walk through the store, and they see many other products, which leads to unplanned purchases. The most common unplanned purchases are sugar-sweetened beverages and other junk food.

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by tanguaymarilou on October 4, 2017
The article “Embourgeoisement insidieux à HoMa?” discusses the impacts of gentrification in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Firstly, the author outlines the new phenomenon of co-propriety which lead to the loss of multiples housings in this neighborhood. Because of the steep growth in costs, housings are not affordable anymore, so people have to share their rents. This share is what describes the phenomenon of co-propriety. In other words, co-ownership is the division of a housing to make it affordable. According to a study in this neighborhood, co-ownership divides in 2 types.

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by Sandrine Bédard on October 4, 2017
A) Purpose of the article The authors explain the cause of the gentrification in New York and propose 4 ways to solve the problem. The purpose of the article is to start a discussion on the urban crisis in New York and more precisely, to encourage the community to come up with a solution plan.   B) Authors’ main points used to support their opinion

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by MarieLaurence on October 4, 2017
The article “4,000 people are now homeless in Greater Vancouver” by Jen St-Denis from Metro addresses the crisis of homeless people in Vancouver. In fact, he states that 4000 residents are now homeless compared to 2777 in 2014, which results of an increase of 26% every year since 2011. Moreover, it can be traduced by the fact that five people lose their housing each week due to a real estate boom and because more people are coming in the province for work which caused a raise of rents. Facing this major homelessness crisis, Vancouver lacks a poverty reduction plan to face the problem.

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by Calvin Liu on October 3, 2017
The article "Why don't black and white Americans live together" by Rajini Vaidyanathan from BBC News explains the residential segregation in the United States. Since the Fair Housing Act in 1968, discrimination in housing is illegal. However, the author shows that racial segregation is still present in the US. According to the Brookings Institution, the biggest cities in US have segregation levels of between 50 to 70 percent. It seems a lot, but we can clearly distinguish this issue in cities such as Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, etc.

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by davidmurray on October 2, 2017
This article discusses the problem of homelessness in New York City and outlines a few solutions.   New York City has a growing homelessness problem. It has reached its highest level since the 1930s with around one in every 135 adults being homeless. Around 130 thousand people are currently homeless, most of which sleep in shelters. However, some must resign themselves to sleeping in the streets or in the subway. Most of the homeless are from minority groups such as African-Americans and Latinos.  

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by ClaudiaM on November 30, 2017
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Here is the first step which I have taken towards the creation of a sustainable tour of the Middle East.  This is an informative pamphlet which would be given to prospective tourists (before their trip) so that they can be better informed about sustainable practices.  The next step will be to publish the full 7-day itinerary of the tour that I am creating, along with the full pre-trip briefing that the travellers will receive before embarking.

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by florence.delage on November 27, 2017
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We decided to create a Fairtrade Campus because we want to educate and create awareness on fair trade commerce. Fairtrade products ameliorate the agricultural workers’ conditions in developing countries. They do not make enough profits to have social benefits. Because of climate change, their jobs are not safe and they experience instability: they are at the mercy of the climate and of the market. When buying Fairtrade, we support a community of workers who can democratically optimise the worker’s benefits which brings them safety.

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by Alyson Gauthier on November 26, 2017
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College Laflèche1687 Boul. Du CarmelTrois-Rivières, QCG8Z 3R8  October 12th, 2017 John CranleyMc Farland St.Cincinnati, Ohio Subject: Unsustainable problem Dear Mister Cranley,

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by Alyson Gauthier on November 26, 2017
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Here is the first step which I have taken towards the creation of a sustainable tour of the Mediterranean..  This is an informative pamphlet which would be given to prospective tourists (before their trip) so that they can be better informed of sustainable practices.   My next step will be to publish the full 7-day itinerary of the tour that I am creating, along with the full pre-trip briefing that the travellers will receive before embarking.   Alyson Gauthier

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by imaneeem on November 14, 2017
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What is a vegan diet, How do people become vegan?

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by TYuen5678 on November 14, 2017
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by coraliedallaire on November 13, 2017
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Video of Ellen Degeneres "Hey Wrinkle Face!" Commercial for Olay Simply Ageless Foundation | COVERGIRL  

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by Wallace Lou on November 13, 2017
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Wallace Lou, Lina Osmani, Farah Majid, Kazuki Gonzalez-Adachi, Georgi Maslyankov   What is our goal?

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by DanielBoon on November 13, 2017
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Gianni Delli Colli  Marco Polce  Samuel Leger Danyyil Bun   Green Cars With the new innovations being brought upon eco-friendly cars, we question which is better, electric or gasoline? The quick answer everyone falls back to is that electric cars are more expensive, or that they do not cover long distances as well as gas operated engines. The real answer however, is no and no.

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by DanielBoon on November 13, 2017
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Gianni Delli Colli  Marco Polce  Samuel Leger Danyyil Bun   Green Cars With the new innovations being brought upon eco-friendly cars, we question which is better, electric or gasoline? The quick answer everyone falls back to is that electric cars are more expensive, or that they do not cover long distances as well as gas operated engines. The real answer however, is no and no.

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by mplescia on November 12, 2017
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Recycle & Reuse   What is our goal?   Our goal for this project is to make use and profit out of plastics that would have cost us money otherwise.   Why are we pursuing this goal?   We are pursuing this goal because it is much eco-friendlier to make use of what was already processed than to send it who knows where. Also, so much recycling is wasted when food or other such products are thrown into the recycling bin. This is leads to being able to reuse so much less materials.

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by DanielBoon on November 12, 2017
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              Action Research Project -Fundraiser Goal: We organise a Magic Show to raise funds to support other projects made by our classmates and Champlain Go Green fund. We pursue this goal to improve current financial situation of the Go Green fund and possibility of achievement of other projects goals.   Steps: After project is approved

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by Mélodie Ah-Waye on November 9, 2017
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By Ariane Gauthier, Alexanne Beaulieu and Mélodie Ah-Waye  

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by Audrey Houle on November 9, 2017
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Isabela Gorea, Audrey Gauthier and Audrey Houle

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by etienne on November 9, 2017
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Geothermal is a kind of renewable energy that comes from the Earth’s internal heat. How does it work? Water runs through the pipes, goes all around the house and finally comes back in the soil. Water comes from deep in the ground. This water has been heated in the Earth by the natural temperature in the ground.  After, the water comes back in the house to heat the house. During the summer, it is the same concept except that the water that comes from the soil is cooler than the temperature in the house. In fact, this action can cool the temperature in the house.

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by hina on November 9, 2017
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Biogas By : Marine Gauthier, Audrey Rose Lucier, Catherine Martin, and Hina Idris. 

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by Matthill31 on November 9, 2017
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Matthew Hill, Umrick Singh & Luka Guenette-Larocque Solar Water Heaters   As seen in the movie "Seeking the Current", solar water heaters are part of our future in terms of heating our homes. It is where energy from the sun is converted into heat to warm water using a solar thermal collector (solar pannels). Solar water heating began in 1980 and is today mostly used in China, Japan, India, and all over Europe.

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by Lolo98 on November 7, 2017
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  Video of [FR] Savoure l'instant : Nouvelle publicité Coca-Cola 2016  

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1 year 1 week ago

This seems to be a very good project. The workers' conditions in countries like Bangladesh are terrible. Their bosses give little to no regard to their well-being. Most of the clothes that we buy come from this type of environment, creating awareness for this issue is really important.One major factor in western society contributes to this issue: affluenza. It is a contagious and negative condition transmitted socially. This condition makes people always crave more material goods and creates waste or cheap labour in other countries as it is the case here. A societal shift would be necessary: if people put less importance on goods like clothes, there will be less demand for enormous and cheap quantities of clothing, therefore reducing the markets of cheap labour.

1 year 1 week ago

I agree that homelessness is a pervasive issue. If we consider the homeless people's happiness, it must be very hard for them to live in a world where they lack privacy and they can feel the eyes of everyone on them. Their idea of themselves could affect their own happiness. Their looking-glass self, or the way they see themselves through the eyes of other people can contribute to self concept. They imagine how they appear to others, which is probably a negative image, then they imagine how others might judge them and they reflect in order to develop some self-feeling.

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1 year 1 week ago

This is a great project for a school that promotes sustainable happiness. Aestetically pleasing aspects can be a form of bodily pleasure; it is a simple pleasure that we can appreciate. This can create a positive emotion (of course this is subjective) and influence thoughts in a positive way.

1 year 2 weeks ago

It would be totally wrong to erase our bad history because it permits us to analyze the full portrait of the history even if it is shameful. Furthermore, our past influences our future in the sense that we can take voluntary control not to repeat our mistakes and use this past to learn forgiveness in order to be more optimistic.

1 year 2 weeks ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 year 2 weeks ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 year 2 weeks ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 year 2 weeks ago

The real objective is for people to try outdoor activities such as running or walking in the woods in order to solve the problem you are talking about. It also goes beyond the senses because exercise is proven to release dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure. Thus, someone taking this kind of new habits would cause both bodily and higher pleasure and would lead to positive emotions. Furthermore, a certain activity could become this person’s passion and they would experience flow which is a psychological state that accompanies highly engaging activities. In sum, it would kill two birds with one stone.

1 year 2 weeks ago

I completely agree with you. Cars contribute to pollution which leads to climate change and traffic is something that makes many of us angry because we are always running out of time. The solution that you propose will have a long-term impact on people’s happiness because it involves voluntary control. Indeed, people will be happier by deciding to take public transportation instead of being stuck in traffic and frustrated.
People own more cars than they actually need. Why is that? The answer is materialism. When people are bored of their old car, they buy a new one; therefore, your advertising banner may also contribute to a change regarding materialism which generates ecological costs such as pollution.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Charles, your project is very interesting, thank you for sharing it! Your idea to install recycling facilities for electronic waste at your school is very brilliant! If you don't mind, I would like to add a few more thoughts to this whole e-waste thing: I think that there is not enough awareness about the consequences of e-waste right now. We should put some efforts into spreading the information to the population. I cannot believe that people change their 800$ cellphone as soon as a newer model comes out. This blows my mind every single time! It is not only e-waste, but also a big money waste! In another hand, giants like Apple and Samsung also do major updates on their system so that your cellphone get really slow once the update is installed. JUST DON'T DO THE UPDATES! That's the best way to keep your phone responsive and fast! People needs to be smarter and people needs to be more educated on the consequences of changing their electronic devices just for the luxury of getting the newest gadget. I hope my thoughts will ring a bell to some of you and that awareness will be considered to decrease e-wasted in the future!

Claudia M.

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