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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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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timo/sets/72157626020532597/

Istanbul City of Complexity

 

We just came back from a study trip to Istanbul. The reason for the trip was to experience and immerse in a city that has an infinite layering of complex systems, each neighborhood being economically culturally and socially different. Where else would you stumble upon this glad gang I spotted in the Istiklal Caddesi one late night, dancing around a bag pipe player.

Planned Obsolescence

The darkest moment in the history of industrial design might be the invention and promotion of Planned Obsolescence by industrial designer Brooks Stevens and others, contributing to a totally unsustainable developing. The principle of making products psychologically and functionally short-lived is still main stream. Only few alternatives have been suggested, eg the PSS approach to sustainable products. Also Systems Oriented Design intends to produce alternative thinking adressing the severe challenges untamed consumerism has brought to us.

There is a lot of work to do to change the attitude.

Watch the video Pyramids of Waste to learn more:

http://www.vimeo.com/17750184

read more here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence 

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