This advanced course engages students in the research and design processes most often found in architecture and urban design studio classes. Because this is an advanced course, previous design experience is recommended. The LAB looks broadly at contemporary challenges, including resource management, human and non-human habitation, as well as political and social pressures on the environment. As a project-based course, students work individually and in teams, combining original research to create relevant and compelling design proposals. Introductory design exercises prepare students for an intense focus on a current problem in an established or emerging urban environment. Students are expected to present their ideas through the use of diagrams, scale models, video, animations, and other forms of imaging. Thus, as they create and develop original design proposals, students experiment with a variety of techniques and forms of representation. Research skills and visual literacy will be prioritized. Authors may include Stephen Johnson, William McDonough, Richard Sennett, Geoff Manaugh, Ricky Burdett, Eric Klinenberg, James Corner, Peder Anker, Tyler Volk and others. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are required. Experience with Rhino and Sketchup are highly recommended.