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GRUPO TOMA
1.-Describe your working method, which elements are essentials? it's rigid or organic?

First of all, I work as a member of the architecture collective called TOMA, so in general, I tend to share the creative process with other people. We ussually have a series of extensive and discussed meetings, which transforms it into a collective and random process. Before to these moments of collective discussion, for me is  necessary to prepare a series of ideals of what I want to do. These are no goals, but rather stimuli or images that can feed the conversation. For this previous process I tend to read a lot of different references associated with the particular context and to take notes of certain precisions that I would like to develop. And as the creative process is generally under constant development, it seems very relevant to me to try to visualize the advances through prints and more analogical means, in order to be able to hold collective discussions over time and to invite external people to criticize what you are doing.

2.-Which part of the creative process is the most difficult for you?

After this series of collective creative discussions, the most complicated moment is the decantation or selection of postures in front of the particular context. For this I tend to work fairly well when I have partial discussions between two people in order to be able to have more specific debates and to generate depths in the arguments of the project.

3.-What do you do to keep refreshing creativity on your working process?

Read a lot and review, associated of the context of the proyect, the work of certain people that I admire his work.

4.-How do you organize your work in mid and long term?

I really enjoy the part of the job of organizing and planning future scenarios. For this I constantly develop organizational diagramas in CAD and many lists of tasks in Excel. Despite that they often don´t affect my daily work, I still trust that they usefull to keep myself mentally orderly and to be able to trace the advances and the complexities of the projects.

5.-How do you manage the variables of money and time in your creative process?

We always work in projects with very limited resources, but I try to tend that the economic variables do not influence in a very considerable way the beginnings of the projects and their creative processes. I always had the doubt that this is good a idea, but I tend to leave those variables for the final stages or developments so to not limit the initial process. On other hand I consider very relevant to sustain a low-cost lifestyle so that I can continue to dedicate myself to what I consider relevant  and to maintain the independence of my work.

6.-Do you use softwares or specific programs for your work?

A lot of CAD, a little less of Excel and sometimes Photoshop.

7.-How is your perfect work environment?

Nothing particular, a space with good ventilation, stimulating music, enough liquids, good view to the outside, where I can smoke, with many references stuck on the walls and different tools and materials to use. But I considered always more relevant, that this space is located in a complex and diverse urban context.

8.-Is leisure an important thing in your creative process? Why?

Not enough, I believe that real leisure needs disconnection and I continue to see it as a separate moment to the creative process. Without a doubt when Im relaxed reading certain things, Im affecting future creative processes.

9.-Invent a name for your working process.

An overwhelming and continuous collective process

10.-Draw or choose an image or shape that can represent your work method.