. Looking as Inquiry: Drawing the Implied Urban Realm: Allison Dutoit
Students of the built environment often profess a love of
drawing: drawings that imagine unbuilt worlds, projects
under design, sketches jotted while on the telephone.
Portraying accurately the world physically around them is
a more difficult task, and it is more difficult still to analyze
the qualities of the urban realm. Yet most projects, and
most design curricula, begin with site analysis and careful,
at times measured, depictions of the physical fabric. This
chapter explores ways in which observational drawing can
challenge assumptions about, and improve our under-
standing of, the built public realm.