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The KEStrel

Fens of East Anglia rocked by massive Tsunami

Lowland Areas flooded Many dead
TSUNAMI races across the flatlands HELPLESS - Emergency services powerless

floodwaters recede HOMES DESTROYED - fen houses swept away

CALM AFTER THE STORM only Ely Cathedral rises unharmed over the carnage
You are a town planner for the city of Ely and the surrounding area. An enormous tsunami
has destroyed the man-made infrastructure of your city, along with most of low-lying East
Anglia. It is disastrous news, but provides an opportunity to redesign and rebuild the city
following the principles of sustainable development. The mayor of Ely has commissioned
you to make plans.

What will you plan to do over the next

1. 10 days anticipated population 5,000

2. 10 weeks anticipated population 5,000
3. 10 months anticipated population 7,500
4. 10 years anticipated population 17,500
5. 100 years anticipated population 30,000

How will you rebuild? What sort of city will you create? Which geographic areas of the city
will you prioritise for redevelopment?


1. You have all your Geography and Physics lessons and preps over the next two weeks
to research and complete this project.
2. You may work in pairs if you wish, but please ensure both members of your group are
in the same Geography and Physics set, and that information and tasks are truly
3. All information that you rely on to make plans must be referenced you must say
where you got it from. Use footnotes at the bottom of each page, or a list of
references at the end of your project.
4. You may submit your plans as either a series of 5 completed, referenced forms (at
the back of this hand out) or a Word document of the same format.
5. You should include maps, sketches, diagrams and plan drawings to illustrate your

In your planning, consider the following aspects of a city:

Waste: How can waste be minimised? How will your city dispose of household, factory and
building waste? Can waste be recycled?
City Environment: What makes a good place to live for the local community? Will your city have
well-maintained public and green spaces, with facilities for everyone?
Energy Resources- how will you make sure your emerging city has enough electrical energy to
meet its growing needs?
Transport: Which is the most sustainable transport strategy for a city? How can congestion be
Food: How can you provide safe, nutritious food for the whole population? Can you ensure food
security, whilst reducing the ecological-footprint of your city?
Services: What is the most sustainable way to provide high quality and accessible local health
care and social services?
Businesses: How can you foster affordable and environmentally-friendly retail and other
commercial services?
Water: How can we protect the quality and supply of this natural resource?
Built Environment: What are the building design features of sustainable development?
How will your plan address these issues over each particular timespan?

Use the Egan Wheel, a tool used for judging sustainable communities, to assess your
ideas as you develop your plans
Effective planning uses SMART criteria. SMART criteria are:

Specific your objective(s) must be detailed enough to be understood and executed

Measurable you must detail how you will know when your objectives have been achieved
Achievable you must set realistic targets
Responsible you must detail who in your city will manage the implementation of the different
elements of your plan
Time-related you have to make clear how long your targets will take to complete

Use the attached map to see what is available to you. Local resources are normally
cheap, effective and quick to source. The flood waters will recede over the first few
days so land and local natural resources will become available, but all man-made
infrastructure (roads, houses, factories etc.) has been washed away. Maps of East
Anglia or the whole country are available on request.

The most convincing plans are justified you must say how and why you are
proposing any particular course of action.

In many ways, Geography applies Physics principles to the world around us. Use what
you have learnt in Physics to justify your Geographical decisions.

A sample structure is printed out for you at the end of this handout.
Rebuilding Ely
Timespan Anticipated population


City Environment

Energy Resources





Built Environment