"You will be exploring resources online to get to know the city of Houston. It is important to the work you will be doing this semester in this design studio. You will do this through a series of mapping studies in addition to a general presentation to the class. Mapping the city through the development of a series of mapping which communication your understanding of the city is a way of creating a visual language about place and its form. Through design, you will analyze and explore this.
• To develop a general understanding of the city through observation and representation.
• To establish preliminary research areas.
• To develop a series of ‘template studies’ which represent the student’s interpreted ‘language’ of the city’s form."
ARCH 5502 Assignment 1