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Spaces and exchanges :

Project 1 : On top of the world

Prbl : To what extent can we consider a global city as a place of diversity through the case of NYC?

The notion I’m going to deal with is Spaces and Exchanges. First of all, when thinking of Spaces and Exchanges, what comes to mind is that all societies are somehow defined by the geographical and symbolic spaces they occupy and how they open up these spaces to what lies farther away. Geographically, our world has never seemed smaller as transportation and telecommunications have accelerated the rhythm of exchanges between areas. That’s why new forms of influence, new spaces - such as global cities - and new modes of exchange are emerging, redefining our conception of space.

I will present this notion by focusing on the topic of on top of the world.

Thereby, on top of the world is linked to this notion as both deal with the globalisation, the social life, and the social and economic problems, no to mention the immigration as well as changes.

So, we may wonder to what extent can we consider a global city as a place of diversity through the case of NYC?

I will follow two tracks, namely the different aspects of global cities and their roles.

To begin with, I will concentrate on a global approach of the city with the case study : NY, a global city. Then, I will analyse the video entitled Underneath the hustle and bustle before focusing on the recording which talk about the drawbacks of big cities.

I: Case study: Ny, a global city:

3 docs: 2 texts dealing with global cities and 1 map (Manhattan, The hearth of NY)

1: Characteristics:

A GC is first of all

-World leader

-Increases the nb of transactions (capital AND people)

GC must be able to

-Setting goals to achieve -> 3: « We aim to reduce our release of greenhouse gases by 30% by 2030 » -> model to follow

2: Issues that have to be dealt by global cities:

-Has/had to cope with many difficulties -> 3: global warming, energy consumption

-Has to be divers and multicultural

3: Things specific to NY:

-Grid (réseau) -> 2: Bridge connect everything together)

-NY: advantageous position in terms of geography -> 2: In the North

Key point in the global world economy ->2: World financial center

-> Diversity of cultures, exchanges, roles

-> Diversity is in the issues

-> Diversity: permitted thanks to the grid, which connect everyone and everything

II: Underneath the hustle and bustle:

-Dan Barasch and James Ramsey

-Build an underground park -> The Lowline.

-He wants to make the world a better place -> it increase the nb of green spaces

-He’s fascinated by the history of NYC and his ancestors.

-A way of rediscovering NY history (it was an trolley terminal abandoned in 1948)

III: The drawbacks of big cities:

1 doc:-Recording

-Documentary about a great smog that fell on London in December 1956, during Christmas shopping season

-12 000 death

-« A killer in the night » (as silent as a murderer who kill people while they are sleeping)

-> Global city: diverse thanks to the issues and the things that have to be improved as it gather people to find solutions to these problems.

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