Call it the built environment, the vernacular, everyday architecture, or the cultural landscape, the material world of built and natural places is intricately bound up with social and political life. This research seminar explores research methods and sources for writing the history of the built environment, such as maps, aerial and ground photographs, planning documents, landscape analysis, and GIS. The course includes readings from history, geography, anthropology, and architecture as well as readings on narrative and graphic strategies for representing spaces and places. Students present papers. Sections from longer theses or dissertations in progress are welcome. Limited enrollment.