Not to be discarded. Notes for a method that takes account of how people feel space - All too often architects and urban planners design and plan without taking account of how people will live and what they will experience in the places they create. The paper reports the experience of the course entitled ‘Analysis of urban space’ in 2008-2009. The students and lecturers kept a diary based on ideas offered by artists, actors, directors and so on of the way in which they felt and sensed space: the space of listening, of contact and that of dreams. The work that emerged was very rich. It traced an unexpected and very interesting map of Milan and of the places in which they live: sadistic places, some praised by architecture journals; however, also attractive places, generally given little consideration. This experience is taken as an example of a method for assessing places and giving useful information to those called upon to plan and design them. It requires mutual trust and confidence in the capacities of one’s body as a guide to assess the places you are in. Shared knowledge is created from the most personal experiences: right next to you, but generally inaccessible because not considered sufficiently cultured and academic.