Grashina: We do wander around and spend a lot of time on the chosen street. Of course there is an ironic element in the way we work as we aren't, like the classic portrayal of a flaneur, without purpose or aim. We arrive in a city knowing very well what our aim is but we don't know what the outcome will be. Instead of emulating what a flaneur used to be, we rather use the cultural techniques of this literary figure and mix them with our own approach, which has been established over the last few years. We also invite our contributors to work in such a way, giving them the opportunity to zoom into a street that they might not do otherwise.
We arrive in the city – often never having been there before – and we just begin to walk. Eventually this moment arrives, and it can be after two days or two weeks, where we feel we found something that irritates us, excites us, makes us ask questions. We never do any prior research so our street choice is always based on intuition. So far there's never been much discussion about the street choice and we've never regretted our choice. Then we begin the research of the street, and it's interesting because so far this research has always given us some sort of affirmation of why we intuitively chose the street in the first place. We do read a lot for our research but while we are on location most of our research comes from people that we meet be it urban designers, philosophers, architects or anthropologists, who each have a very unique view on the city.