"To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world – and at the same time that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are.”
More on cities to follow up on the discussions around choice of cities.
I've been preparing some new updates for the 2nd edition of the new OCR A and B Geography books for Hodder, and deciding which city to use as the main case study. I've made my decision, and finished the resource.
Cultural Landscapes are one aspect of cities which I've explored a lot, thanks to the influence of Simon Oakes, Jo Norcup, Alex Schafran and a whole range of other culturally-inclined geographers.
I'm also excited to get properly stuck into one of my summer reads: 'Hit Factories'....
I need to explore this a little more and work it up into a unit of work on music and cities.
More musical urbanism also comes from this story from last month:
Jarvis Cocker got a mention on the recent AQA 'A' level Geography exam.
It's all part of my planned curriculum for Living Geography which is in the making at the moment as a longer term project. I'll be sharing it in the New Year.
Stacey Hill, head of curriculum for geography at AQA, said of the Jarvis Cocker piece:
“The question was on how external factors such as art can influence a person’s perception of a place, as opposed to how a local person – in this case someone from Sheffield – might feel about their surroundings. The reason we chose the Pulp lyrics was because they fit the purpose for this type of this question very well.”
Thanks to Jo Norcup for the following link as well, related to the links to music
A Black Sabbath exhibition is currently open.Home of Metal in @guardian.— Home Of Metal (@homeofmetaluk) June 23, 2019
One hell of a city: how Birmingham embraced its heavy metal legacy https://t.co/c2FGDeqI98