METHODS OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN FHK MASTER STUDIES
This paper offers a tool that allows you to compose your own pro-active applied research approach. In this way you can think ahead which specific research method you are going to deploy per specific design assignment. The paper looks at components of current recognized applied research methods and draws these up in diagrams. Interviews with students and tutors of FHK Master Studies deliver additional components. All components are organized in process steps that support creative design processes. The tool can be tweaked and tuned by personal preferences, like adding or removing components and/or changing process steps. Click here to download this paper.
HOW TO DESIGN
The request for a lecture by thirty students of FADU in Montevideo, Uruguay that were interested in the way we work gave us an opportunity to look into the way design happens at Monolab. So, for the first time ever we investigated a series of our design processes and started another new process of analysis. Our conclusion is that it is all about a specific mindset every time again. Every project is unique and therefore every design process is one of a kind. Design is unprecedented and it requires a reset of our brains every time again, which means we have different personalities, different teamwork, and a different process to manage every new assignment. We tried to group data from a cloud of findings which gave us eleven conclusions. Application of these conclusions does not make you a designer. Design requires repetitive experiment over years and years of training. The conclusions might help you to become a better designer. Click here to download.
THE WHITE BOOKLET – MONOLAB TEXTS
In the White Booklet you will find all our project descriptions. Click here to download.
A survey into the first five years of Monolab projects 1999-2004. Through this small selection we tried to survey definitions and strategic mindsets that might help us to design projects that can handle urgent, contemporary and confronting issues. Click here to download.
MANIFESTO AGENDA ROTTERDAM
The manifesto Agenda Rotterdam 2009 can be downloaded for free.
The manifesto Agenda Rotterdam 2004 (with projects from Monolab) is also available.