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[12]. 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.