Introduces methods of recording, evaluating, and communicating about the urban environment. Through visual observation, field analysis, measurements, interviews, and other means, students draw on their senses and develop their ability to deduce, conclude, question, and test conclusions about how the environment is used and valued. Using representational tools such as drawing, photographing, computer modeling and desktop publishing, students communicate what they observe along with their impressions and design ideas. Intended as a foundation for future studio work in urban design, includes design-based projects. The class has limited enrollment and is specifically aimed at first year students without prior design background. The class is typically not open to students outside of MIT School of Architecture + Planning.