||This paper integrates a set of articles, from different authors, on the subject of creating a Brazilian .Virtual Design Studio. called .Habitar a Cidade. (.To inhabit the City.). This article analyzes the specific experience of the Virtual Studio .Habitar a Cidade., in opposition to the concept of a VDS and in a comparative perspective to another VDS experience already carried in the past, in order to identify common issues and specific aspects that differentiate them. It also discusses how much methodological questions are determinant in a VDS and how, in academic virtual studios, this aspect can be more significant than the technological ones. This is especially important considering the technological limitations, related to the economic limitations of Brazilian universities and society.