Megacities

Megacities: living the present, analysing, thinking ahead, creative design

Interdisciplinary project of the history and art departments in Class 10a

 

For the first interdisciplinary project, Ms Jeken (head of department: history) and Ms Welwering (head of department: art) have chosen the topic of urbanisation.

Why urbanisation?

Our worldwide megacities are a phenomenon of industrialisation and have been extremely fragile and vulnerable for 50 years of globalisation, and today, since January 2020, extremely exposed. “The fact that we live in an urban age is clear, despite the sometimes unclear database. The fact that new problems arise as a result cannot be ignored either. At the same time, however, cities offer the potential for a civilised world: today it is a matter of realising this potential. […] A dynamic city worth living in can be created neither by planning nor by the market economy, but only through the inhabitants of the city itself. Rüdiger Korff.

 

Successful cooperation between the history and art Departments

During the history lessons with Ms. Jeken, our students explored how and why urbanisation was able to progress in such a way worldwide and thought about what we want to decide for ourselves or for the future of cities.

 

 

Ms. Welvering’s tutorials guided the students through the art lessons.  They had the task of portraying megacities in comics, developing their own superheroes, giving tasks to the superheroes, dealing with evil attackers and creating a mood for megacities.

 

 

Take a look at some of the highlights from their visual diaries.

 

 

 

Lessons in the times of Covid-19

In spite of all the restrictions to avoid the spread of Covid-19 making, the subject combining teaching was successful.  The pupils took from everything that makes a person: thinking, dreaming, abstracting and creating. Luckily, all this did not have to be done alone in isolation on the screen, but the pupils were able to have the usual exchange of ideas in the classroom together during the face-to-face lessons and experience how important and motivating the classroom situation is and will remain.