Built Environment

  • This page: Built environment & links to examples.
  • Status: Complete [more examples to add]
  • First Published: 01 November 2018

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Built Environment: Oldham [1985]

Built Environment - Overview:

The Built Environment, or alternatively, this grouping could also be described as the "Human Environment" to reflect all the changes that humans have made to the landscape - but hat would not reflect other lifeforms that make their home in and on the Earth. For now three sub groups have been adopted here: Buildings, Landcover and Transportation. These are explored below with links to examples:

Built Environment - Examples:


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The original adapted buildings were caves, while many creatures excavate burrows and warrens. Buildings provide shelter and protection for people and livestock but as society developed other forms appeared eg for worship, social activity and employment.

Cinema Public House

Land Use

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The vast majority of the Earth's surface would not be recognised by our forebears of 10,000 years ago. Enormous tracts of forest (the lungs of the Earth) have been cleared, crops grown in great numbers and animals domesticated either for their products or for slaughter. The result is the artificial landscape we see around us today. A city park can be exhilarating while an area of derelict land can be depressing. Neither are natural.


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Transportation evolved through the regular tracks walked by beasts and then humans. The wheel required a more stable pavement and substantial roads were introduced in the Iron Age/Roman period. Technology and our imagination led us to canals, railways and paved highways while prehistoric watercraft also evolved. The desire to shorten travel times around the world led to air travel and now the exploration and exploitation of space.

Railway Station

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