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Evolving Cities: Perception of Place

Students analyze environment, society and economy.

Perception of Place
Contributed By: Rachel Gilroy, Common Ground High School

This lesson focuses on asking the essential questions:

  • What is sustainability?
  • How can cities be sustainable?

It also asks students to consider the question, “Why do people perceive places in different ways?” as they explore urban ecology and develop creative paths to urban sustainability. The task requires systems thinking and an awareness of the interconnectedness of environment, society, economy and cultural vitality. Students will also discover that building the definition of sustainability requires a consensus among all community members as they create it.

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