Systems Oriented Design
— The designerly way to work with systems
Gigamapping is part of the systems oriented framework
The term gigamapping was introduced in 2009 by Birger Sevaldson in the context of the 2009 SOD design studio at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. In that studio, the designerly mapping techniques that were used before already from 2006 and onward were developed to a new level of complexity.
Design thinking and design practice are potentially very powerful approaches to deal with super complexity
The world is rapidly changing, and the need to stay ahead of changes increases the complexity of the design process. Systems oriented design addresses these problems by developing systems thinking in design practice with concepts, techniques and methods developed by and for designers. Systems oriented design helps designers become better at dealing with complex problems. Complex problems are described as problem fields, networks of problems, wicked problems and problematiques.
Designing Complexity: The Methodology and Practice of Systems Oriented Design
by Birger Sevaldson
This book changes the way you think about designing. Instead of simplifying embrace richness. Instead of controlling you learn to live with uncertainty.
SOD is a living and adaptable methodology. Though it is based on design thinking and design methodology, it is easily adapted and applied by anybody who is working with complex change processes.
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— News blog
Today the new generation of master's students, studying Systems Oriented Design, started their first day of the executive master's course at AHO. They will work with us over three years towards their final master's thesis. We are very excited about this new and big...
Fantastic lecture by ass. Professor Ted MAthews on rituals in life and in design. This resulted in a very interresting cross over between systemic design and rituals. How are rituals drivers in social systems? Ted finalised his PhD at the Oslo School of Architecture...
The book launch exhibition will be up until Monday the 6th February at AHO, Oslo
We had a wonderful day with the book launch of Birger Sevaldsons book Designing Complexity: The Methodology and Practice of Systems Oriented Design.Approximately 100 people were present either in the gallery of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design or on ZOOM....
The book "Designing Complexity" will be presented and launched at the gallery of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design on Friday the 20th of January. See the program below. Here is the zoom link: https://aho.zoom.us/j/68900199973 You are most welcome.
Hemsedal: More than Afterski Chenjing Zhang, Hoanan Sun, Yerin ChoThis project is a masters project from the autumn 2022. It is part of the continuing study on "How to create Hemsedal municipality's sustainable future". Hemsedal is a municipality in Norway, known as a...
Book review by Svein Gunnar Kjode – When asked about the book by colleagues and fellow practitioners, I repeatedly find myself stating that “this is currently the state of the art for anyone seeking to expand their designerly approach to systemic practice.”
How to design processes for building civic agency and democracy by deep diving into Hemsedal’s current political and governance processes and policies regarding empowering citizens’ agency and participation in shaping the way Hemsedal develops?
Two outstanding master's theses from the outer edges of SOD. They are diametrically different and excellent in each way. The first one, Lieke van Raan, is technical, diving into a large number of details needed to achieve what is the intention: Changing the denim...
SOD Masters at AHO
This master’s program is part time with two modules every semester. Each module has two seminars of three days, one in Oslo on site and one digital. The program goes over three years.