Having design-research as a larger field of action, we understand our workings and operations within each in very particular ways.
When we talk about design, we are specifically talking about the support to spatial transformations that materialize from movable devices to architectural and urban proposals, focusing on the infrastructural implications and possibilities each scale possesses. In that manner, we depart from a frugal yet innovative use of resources in collation to equitable political and social processes, and most of the design we do works as a socio-technical cooperation with communities or organizations engaged in operations targeted towards social justice. Over and above, we claim not to design objects but to experiment with the proposition of infrastructures, considering the special attention we give to underlying (sometimes unnoticed) structures in the environment.
On the other hand, research —as origin, backdrop, and result of design— is usually manifested through self-initiated theoretical projects and books, as well as pedagogical undertakings. Our practice is intrinsically intertwined with academic endeavors, which in turn affect the focus, tools, and direction of our practice.