Tuesday, August 10, 2010
One of the ways that I try to stimulate student thinking about land use issues is to occasionally hold a contest of sorts where they (or their groups) come up songs related to the land use topic we are considering.
It gives them a chance to think about how to apply the information in a unique way--that is, researching lyrics that relate to land use and considering their meaning.
Entries have included "Rockin' the Suburbs" (from the animated Over The Hedge movie soundtrack), "There Used To Be a City" and the Talking Heads' classic "Our House".
Well, there is now a entire new album that takes a satirical look at suburbia--aptly titled "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire.
You can find out more here. There is also a video on YouTube (though, because I'm not sure its been properly posted, I'm not providing a direct link--it's there though for the interested searcher).
Personally, I've found that some of the students find the exercise very useful as they've submitted a song for a wide variety of different land use/property topics. I generally play the songs right before class and announce the winner at the beginning. Nothing major, but still a fun way of taking a new twist on land use.
So, with that in mind, I'll close with a little landuseprof blog musical trivia. "What was the true meaning behind 'Our House' by the Talking Heads"?
--Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.