50 Human Geography News Stories from 2014
In 2014, EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers) completed 35 years of operation. This is the latest of a series of blog posts celebrating this anniversary by looking back at 2014 from the posts in the monthly newsletter of the association. Subscribe to the EUROGEO newsletter
Mega cities was a theme featured in the article on the era of the ‘endless city‘, a blog about sustainable cities from the Innovative Metropolis conference, reflecting on the importance of infrastructure, the social implications of such urban sprawl are commented on together with visions and planning for the future.
In Europe, the new Social Atlas of Europe was launched in August, with new visualizations on a range of topics, including values, culture, education, employment, well-being, social inequalities and cohesion. You can browse through the map collection at http://www.worldmapper.org/europemapper/.
The Climate for Culture Project came to a close, looking at the potential impact of climate change on Europe’s cultural heritage assets – particularly on historic buildings and their interiors. It examined adaptation to preserve these cultural and heritage assets in Europe.
Research concerning the important role of maps and mapping was outlined in the Cartography Of Geopolitical Chaos with concerns raised over Who Owns the Arctic and modern-day land grabbing described in the New Scramble for Africa.
Several articles provided glimpses into the future, for example in Thanet Earth the farm of the future, modernisation of agriculture is taken to an extreme, though critics question its sustainability.
Cities, smart and less smart were a frequent theme of news items throughout the year with analyses on technology potential and entrepreneurial capability featured in the Directions Magazine Blog. The Future Cities: Pocket Drones,
Bioinspired Designs & Smart Citizens reviewed the Future Cities conference and examined some of the possible breakthrough innovations that might impact on creating sustainable, intelligent and efficient future cities.
All 50 selected Human Geography stories are available at http://eurogeography.eu/eurogeo-newsletter/news-2014-humangeo.html