Every new beginning unsettles the fact of reality. A first year course in architecture is, on the one hand, a general introduction to society, culture, the environment and, on the other, to the nature, role and context of architecture. In the Department of Architecture at the University of Patras, a first year's experience is both focused research and intuitive discovery. During the first semester students reconsider facts and search for their connections through a series of sequential projects: constructing, out of seams and newspaper, an overcoat for wandering through the city; drawing this overcoat in relation to the body; recording the thresholds of their homes as both common ground and potentially unpredictable spaces; discovering and mapping the city as a route starting from their own doorstep; and finally intervening at a critical point of the route, in the urban territory. Students discover conceptual coherence, as well as the complexity and the impact of a design proposal; their architecture becomes a log for their first months at university, and drawing -in section, axonometric, and time- a key tool for discovering and understanding their passage into an entirely new state of mind.