There’s no place like home

I’m back to trying to write about classes on the day that we actually do them!

Today’s idea came from LM’s dad, who suggested that she draw houses from around our home town. We eagerly set off on our bicycles this morning with the intention of drawing five local houses. After drawing two, we began to boil and burn so we headed home to the cool of our very own double-brick home and a big ol’ desk fan.

We continued with the them though. LM grabbed our old globe, closed her eyes, spun it and put her finger on different cities from around the world. For each city she researched;

  • The various styles of housing (looking across socioeconomic groups)
  • Architectural features of houses (to out surprise, many had adopted western homes)
  • The population of the city (discussing the influence that might have on home styles
  • The varying costs of real estate (using an app to convert to Aus Dollars

We decided to do six spins (but we were really hungry after five so we are on a break). The five we have landed on so far are;

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Noyon, Mongolia
  • Dubbo, Australia
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

So many varied discussions emerged about politics, climate, wealth distribution, power and even a conference paper that I presented in Kuala Lumpur about Academic Freedom in Singapore (something I rarely think of now).

We have liked this technique so much that we have decided to do the globe spins tomorrow to compare and contrast something else.

Oh how I wish I still had my colors magazine collection (from the Kalman years).



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