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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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.

Immaterials

 

Talking of the immaterial flows of energy and signals and talking of visualization:
We have some pretty cool colleagues here at AHO.
It makes you think what else you can do by bringing the diagram out into real life world. The project is by Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen, Einar Sneve Martinussen

YOUrban weblog: http://yourban.no/2011/02/22/immaterials-light-painting-wifi

Touch weblog: http://www.nearfield.org/2011/02/wifi-light-painting

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