Over the course of more than a decade, I have been called upon to meet an array of requests for information and technical assistance by women resident activists living in a Chicago Public Housing development, Wentworth Gardens. This research has been based upon residents' requests - the research problems are not defined by me - and the resources available to the activists to conduct the research and/or prepare designs, and to implement the results are very limited. This paper will examine the pragmatics of demand-driven, action research and design practice; that is a research and design method that uses whatever means and resources are available - the researchers or designers and the participants - and any other resources these people can attract to accomplish their goals.