Speed dating your design, a set on Flickr.

This is an exercise we conduct with MSc1 students at the Department of Urbanism of the TU Delft. The idea is to make them aware of the necessity to structure the narratives that accompany their research and design projects.

In pairs, students need to tell one another the core of their projects in just ONE MINUTE. This is called the “elevator version” (a very summarized version of their research and design project).

By doing this, we expect students will realise it is possible to tell a good story in a very short time, but in order to do so they need to choose what elements are essential. The narrative, though compact, needs to be structured and ought to contain a location, a perceived “problem” or an issue and they ways they are using to tackle that problem.

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