JDWA is a design practice for architecture and complex urban development in the existing city with an approach based on research and design. Our approach is always grounded in the local context with regards to spatial aspects as well as the socio-cultural and economic conditions. Our work is grounded on the search for opportunities through innovate design research, on various scales, for places that at first sight only seem restricted. Designing together and for residents of the neighborhoods is a very important aspect of our work. Generic concepts and standard typologies are never used directly but change according to the project’s context and complexity. For the project to be successful this approach results in an intense working process that demands a lot of communication and interaction between the client, future users and the design team. The real needs are often beyond written briefs and become apparent through discussions and intensive research within a multidisciplinary environment. We constantly engage in projects that form a conceptual challenge for the design team, either because of their programmatic complexity, their location in the city or their technical constraints. By formulating challenging concepts we explore the tensions between dream and reality through architectural and urban design. Concept, context and technique are solid parts in the design process.