Urban settings are composed of complex territories and temporalities making their full context difficult to grasp. Many of the constitutive aspects of urban areas are hidden away underground (utility pipes), in the air (zoning boundaries), in swales and back allies (stormwater and waste), taking place over extended periods of time or in the middle of the night--or sometimes hiding in plain sight waiting to be discovered and put to good use. In this class we will learn to read the urban environment as an archive of interrelated natural and cultural events. We will act as detectives and uncover the “invisible constitutive activities” that lend a unique sense of place to Downtown Knoxville, and we will mine them for their potential to enhance the urban experience. We will perform mapping exercises to capture spatial, temporal, and cognitive relationships and we will question each of their assumed boundaries. Finally, we will act as storytellers by weaving our findings into compelling visual narratives that capture the current, latent, and potential state of a chosen topic.