Sunday, 25 January 2009


It is pleasing to see that there's been a lot of visits this weekend (at least a few of them from Alfreton!)...


- stakeholders
- sustainability (social, economic and environmental)
- read the questions carefully
- justify your answers


Sunday, 18 January 2009

Liverpool - DME

Some links related to Liverpool that you may wish to have a look at:

Liverpool Vision
Liverpool Culture
Visit Liverpool
Liverpool Pictorial

Make yourself some revision cards...

Just put this together in less than 5 minutes using the Trading Card Maker from Big Huge Labs and one of my Flickr photos... Your finished trading card is a jpeg file, so you can print them out easily as small cards or full pages - make yourself a set of case study revision cards!

Better still, make yourself a set and upload them to Flickr so that other people can use them too!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

DME - Brindley Place and Broadmead


Brindley Place website
Brindley Place images
Birmingham UK
BBC 360 tour of Brindley Place
History of Brindley Place

The Bullring website (look esp at the Education section)
Beetham Tower
Matthew Boulton College


Cabot Circus website (look esp at the About Us section)
Broadmead Bid
Destination Broadmead

Using the websites above, Google Earth, and any other relevant websites that you find:

- add any additional points to your table showing the key features of the Birmingham and Bristol regeneration/redevelopment schemes.

- for each scheme, list the advantages and disadvantages... try to consider as many different stakeholders/interest groups (ie people who would have an opinion about the schemes) as you can... remember, that a factor that is an advantage for one stakeholder might well be a disadvantage for another.

- compare and contrast the two schemes.

- suggest which of the two schemes you think is the most sustainable (remember, economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and social sustainability), and justify your answer.

Save your work, email a copy to me, and print a copy to put into your DME folder.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

DME Preparation...

Congratulations again on a fantastic set of mock DME results - let's make sure we do as well (if not better!) in the real thing on 26th January...

We started our DME preparation on Monday with a general look at the resource booklet and some of the issues involved - "City Centres: Vibrant Hub or Dead Heart?".

Yesterday's lessons focused on Resources 1-4, looking at city centres as "vibrant hubs" - particularly pre-1970, with a variety of land uses such as retailing, leisure and entertainment, services such as hospitals and schools, business and enterprise and some housing - and then at some of the problems that have developed in city centres - the downward spiral of congestion, pollution, crime and neglect that have led to some city centres being described as "dead hearts". Some interesting ideas about whether Derby's city centre is a "vibrant hub" or a "dead heart" - some of you thought that the development of the Westfield Centre had had a positive impact, others disagreed...

Resource 3 started with an advert for Windmill Hill Business Park on the outskirts of Swindon. Why have developments like this one occurred? Why might a company choose to locate here instead of the city centre?

We then looked at the locations of the out-of-town shopping centres listed in Resource 3. Capital Shopping Centres own 14 shopping centres, including Braehead, Lakeside, Cribbs Causeway and the Metro Centre which were all mentioned in Resource 3, as well as the Victoria Centre in Nottingham. Their website and those of the shopping centres make for interesting reading, particularly the corporate responsbility and environment sections.

Resource 4 considered the reasons for the success of out-of-town shopping centres - increase in car ownership, "weather-free", everything under one roof... It also considered some of the reasons why some people are opposed to out-of-town shopping centres.