According to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, every 48 hours we produce as much information as we did in the last 3000 years of human history. Data visualization and processing tools are what enable us to read patterns of development and transformation and are the tools and skills necessary to understand and analyze the city and its global environs. This skill-based core seminar/lab will introduce students to digital tools and software programs that support techniques of urban analysis and design. Students will learn ArcGIS and extensions such as 3D Analysis, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and Java processing for real time mapping - also Grasshopper and other plug-ins to be able to use GIS data-bases in support of parametric design. The class will also provide students with background theory in visualization and analysis and an introduction to data management tools.