First year students started the year by investigating the indigenous behaviour of the inhabitants of Scroope Terrace. They observed and analysed the tricks, ticks and old habits that characterise people’s daily use of the department’s objects and spaces. By closely analysing the most ordinary and mundane habits they started to discover tiny acts of idiosyncrasy, ingenuity and subversion and began to reflect on how those affect the academic life at the department. Designing a small intervention (object/device/installation) in a team allowed the students to reveal and tamper with these peculiarities and bring new qualities and practices to the school. The project ran as a competition and the first prize will be published in the next edition of the Scroope journal.