This course is the fifth in a sequence of five basic architectural design courses. This course consists of coordinated lecture, lab and studio components and focuses on the relationship between architecture and the public sphere: the varied, changing, and complex ways in which architecture influences and is influenced by people and public life. Students explore this relationship through the forces, patterns, and hierarchies that naturally define it, including matters of aesthetics, psychology, sociology, ecology, politics, and tectonics, with the aim of making sound and sustainable public design decisions. The course builds on the concepts of landscape and site from ID1, interior and daylight from ID2, tectonics and materials from ID3, urban responses from ID4, and prepares students to embrace concepts considered in Advanced Design Studios. The studio component emphasizes integrated architectural composition; the lab emphasizes exploration and experimentation with design media and other specific design inquiries in support of the studio.