Learning systems thinking by building models (AHO 2006)

In the research pages you will find references to systems litterature, articles and projects. Here also the concepts of systems oriented design will be presented. This might take some time because they are in the pipeline for publishing.

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Systemic Design

Field of possibilities sod web

Systemic Design as a field of possibilities. (B. Sevaldson 2013).

SOD is placed slightly off center, closer to Design practice approximately at the red blurred dot.


The idea of Systemic Design as a pluralistic field opens up for the possibilities of several different approaches to Systemic Design are not only allowed but encouraged. This was the proposal of Birger Sevaldson at the RSD2 Symposium in Oslo 2013.

Systems Oriented Design is placed approximately at the red blurred spot, A little bit towards the practice side and a bit design heavy rather than systems heavy.

Systemic Design emerged from the Relating Systems Thinking and Design symposia (RSD) that were an initiative by Sevaldson with the first symposium in 2012 that started as a symposium for Systems Oriented Design students at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Sevaldson suggested using the term Systemic Design for the whole field in the intersection between design and systems thinking (Sevaldson, 2013). The notion of Systemic Design has diffuse roots but it was introduced in the sense it is used by us by Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman in their book, The Design Way (Nelson & Stolterman, 2012). The motivation of Sevaldson to abandon SOD as a notion for the whole field was the risk of watering out its design oriented and practice heavy approach and on the other side to colonize a much bigger territory than what felt justified. This spurred the further development of the RSD symposia as a forum for the whole pluralistic systemic design field and also triggered the founding of the Systemic Design Research Network.


The Systemic Design website is found at


Nelson, H. G., & Stolterman, E. (2012). The design way: intentional change in an unpredictable world: foundations and fundamentals of design competence. Englewood Cliffs: 1st ed. Educational Technology, 2nd ed. MIT press.


Sevaldson, B. (2013). RSD2 intro lecture. Oslo. Retrieved from