MOTM 37 | Build-Design-Use

By January 18, 2023Design, MOTM

The Model of the Month

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Join host Svenja Rüger with Rob Evans & Matt Taylor for a 90-minute live discussion of the “Design-Build-Use” model.

8:00 – 10:00 AM PST/Los Angeles
10:00 – 12:00 PM CST/Chicago
11:00 – 1:00 PM EST/New York

16:00 – 18:00 BST/London
17:00 – 19:00 CET/Paris

(Check your timezone here)


How can we as practitioners become better at what we do in the service of humanity?

HOST: Svenja Rüger
Rob Evans & Matt Taylor

You are invited to join us for the 37th Model of the Month session.

We would be delighted to have you participate in this beautiful experience of knowledge exchange, group work, and conversation. The facilitated session will last for 90 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes in which we will still be around for an informal discussion.

This discussion will focus on  DESIGN-BUILD-USE

The Design-Build-Use model is a correction to the most common, or traditional, approach to building or creating something, in which the process is linear, discrete, and focused on being “finished.” The outcome is almost always a creation that lacks life.

In the most extreme form of the traditional model, different individuals are involved in each stage and have little communication with each other. One obvious and immediate application of this model is how we construct and use our collaborative environments. We design our environments so that they can be radically redesigned and reconfigured in a matter of minutes —walls, workstations, technology, and all the other tools can move to accommodate changes in the process.

These interconnecting feedback loops imply that the designer, builder, and user remain connected throughout the structure’s lifespan.

Let’s explore this model in our work as designers and facilitators and in the larger context of staying connected and present to all three elements.

Once you register, please take a look at the attached diagram to dive deeper into the model and what you can draw from it.

We are very much looking forward to our conversations.

Matt, Rob & Svenja

Session Notes and Recording Available Here
NOTE: This online workshop is free to all participants. Members of our TVW Learning Community on Mighty Networks will have access to the recording and resources, including all future and past MOTM series and TVW workshops.

Workshop Presenters

Svenja Ruger


Münich, Germany | Facilitator | Process Designer

Svenja is a facilitator and designer of large-scale collaborative sessions. Her passion lies in building resilient communities and facilitating collaborative processes to solve complex challenges on a systems level. She cares a lot about the challenges the world is currently facing and wants to support connecting the dots in order to create impactful, meaningful solutions. She promotes listening to understand, not listening to speak, and holds the space for what is trying to emerge.

Rob Evans


New York & San Francisco | TVW Member since 2015

Rob Evans is recognized as one of the world’s best-known and most respected facilitators. He has taught thousands of leaders and facilitators in the private, public, and NGO sectors. The Collaboration Code®  is a book series curated by Rob Evans co-founder of Imaginal Labs. Book three in the series, Models: Frameworks for Transformation presents the entire set of models and terms of art in the MG Taylor Modeling Language, including many never-before documented models with illustrations by Kelvy BirdChristopher Fuller, and Kelly Adams.

Matt Taylor


Kansas City, USA | Designer | Inventor| Teacher| Facilitator

For over 60 years, Matt Taylor has focused his career on the application of architectural design methods to solving complex, systemic problems found at the intersection of physical environments, ecologies, organizational practices, and visionary ideas. This work involves business processes, tool-sets, and software programs, and includes their expression and utilization in the design, construction, and use of virtual and physical environments for collaborative work and sustainable creative living. The components of these environments, and the environments themselves, are designed and built in regard to their fit with, and long-term impact on, social-economic-ecological systems. The sum of his work is outlined in a System and Method co-invented with partner Gail Taylor. He is co-founder of the MG Taylor Corporation.

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