Lecture for students of FADU – Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de la República Montevideo, Uruguay

Author and lecturer: J.W. van Kuilenburg


…how to design..


The request for a lecture by students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (FADU), Montevideo, Uruguay, gave us the opportunity to look into the ways we design at monolab. For the first time ever we consciously looked into our design process and analysed it in detail.
Our conclusion is that it is all about a new, specific mindset each and every time again. Every project is unique and therefore every design process is one of a kind. Each design is unprecedented and requires a reset of our brains. This means we have a different process, different team work and different personalities to meet 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 one a designer. Design requires repetitive experiment over years and years of training. The conclusions might help one to become a better designer.
So, this lecture was not the usual one with exciting images, models, renderings and drawings. Instead it was a series of just twelve slides with text. Nevertheless, it describes and comprises our design approach.