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Journals The Once and Future City

In many fields, the journal (or sketchbook, field notebook, or lab book) is an important aid both to the process of research and discovery, and to the documentation of that process and its product, the findings, in more formal papers or books.

Your journal is a place to begin puzzling out some of the ideas that you will explore further in each of four assignments: Select A Site; Natural Processes; Change Over Time; and Traces and Trends. The first step in preparing to write the journal is to read the guide for that assignment: to familiarize yourself with what the assignment is asking you to do; to figure out what kind of background information and evidence you will need to accomplish that task. You will gather that information and evidence in class discussion, in the required readings, and on field trips.

Journal Other Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Journal Introduction to Urban Design and Development

Document your own thoughts, comments, and challenges on the readings and class material. The journal may be of any length or medium, but should discuss at least two readings/topics.

Journal Other Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Inventory Models D-Lab: Supply Chains

Problem set on forecasting from the course D-Lab: Supply Chains.

Problem Set Other Supply Chain SDG 8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth
Introductory Exercise Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues

Search your memory for an encounter with a particular bird (it does not need to be a close encounter). Devote one page of your exercise to your description of the bird and its action. Do not include your thoughts or your feelings about the encounter on this page, but do try to evoke the entire sensory experience.

Paper Other Writing SDG 15 - Life on Land
Initial Design Review D-Lab: Energy

At this review, you’ll have 10 minutes to present your project, and then 15 minutes for discussion and questions. You should bring your working prototype and show it working.

Presentation Experiential Learning Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
In the Elevator or Hallway: Talking Informally about Science Science Communication: A Practical Guide

Come to class prepared to speak informally and briefly (maximum 2 minutes) about a topic in science, technology, or engineering that interests you. Assume your audience is intelligent but knows little or nothing about the subject.

Speech Other Communication SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Idea Generation and Concept Evaluation D-Lab II: Design

Now that your design problem has been clearly defined and the specifications have been set out, it is time to concentrate on thinking of solutions. 

Other Experiential Learning Design SDG 15 - Life on Land
Hydrostatic balance and lapse rate Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Problem set for the course Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Problem Set Other Fluid Dynamics SDG 15 - Life on Land
Homework 9: How to tell a story Data Storytelling Studio: Climate Change

Read Paige Williams, “How to tell a story: The Moth.” Nieman Storyboard (Harvard), August 2012. Choose and listen to one Moth Story. Write down and bring to class your analysis, as Paige Williams lists in her article’s item #3.

Read and Analyze Other Data Visualization SDG 15 - Life on Land
Homework 9 Transport Processes in the Environment

Problem set for the course Transport Processes in the Environment.

Problem Set Other Environmental Transport Processes SDG 15 - Life on Land