Systems Oriented Design

The designerly way to work with systems

The main mission of Systems Oriented Design is to build the designers own interpretation and implementation of systems thinking so that systems thinking can fully benefit from design thinking and practice and so that design thinking and practice can fully benefit from systems thinking.

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PhD fellowship in Systems Oriented Design

Ph.D. fellowship. Systems Oriented Design

Application deadline: May 16th, 2011

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) calls for applications to one full-time Ph.D. fellowship for a three year period starting September 2011. Applicants must hold a master's degree in industrial design, interaction design, graphic design or interior design. The successful applicant will join the research project Ulstein Bridge Concept which is an innovation project together with the Norwegian shipyard company Ulstein Group and other partners from the maritime sector.

Why GIGA-maps are fuzzy

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Most of infographics have an intention to sort, frame, tame and simplify information so as to make it accessible for anybody. Evaluating GIGA-mapping as we practice it according to these criteria misses the point.

Wicked problems revisited

Many designers refer to design in genral as dealing with wicked problems. Re-reading Horst Rittels famous article is really worth the read. It makes me realize that the general statements that design problems are wicked problems is simply not true. Designing a chair is not a wicked problem as Derek Miller (one of our lecturers) stated in a discussion today. Reading Rittels article will clarify the issues. It also refers to the shortcoming of hard systems thinking and makes it clear why we use the approach of Systems Oriented Design combining not just any design practice with any type of systems thinking, but combining advanced design practice with mainly soft system thinking. Read Rittels article again! It is called "Dilemmas in a general theory of planning"
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More experiences from Istanbul

Here a film made by Giacomo Neri. Nice impressions from our tour.

Industrial Ecology

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Björn Frostell from the institute of Industrial Ecology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm had a lecture and workshop at AHO. Industrial ecology is and will be important even in what we call the knowledge economies. After all the material economies will be equally important in the future and they are also the source for the problems of sustainability.

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