last Friday’s skype session between the participants of the design studios in Belgium and Ecuador was most interesting. After following the students present their proposals of how to deal with a low density urban fabric, and how to make it more active, I realized that both programs, in Belgium as well as in Ecuador, have lots in common. They both seem to work with the existing situation as much as possible and highly value the inhabitant’s opinion or needs. No tabula rasa scenarios, no autistic approaches to the challenges or problems of the chosen sites, but critical and coherent approaches, pointing towards the main ideas of design thinking (Tim Brown). Thanks to all for this contribution, we should do this again!