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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This video shows my book presentation at the annual Common Ground Research Network annual conference in Hawaii. Unfortunately remote.
Professor Birger Sevaldson was invited to Cologne in April 2023 to run a 4 day gigamapping workshop at KISD, Köln International School of Design, together with Professor Philipp Heidkamp. A most enjoyable experience with an international group of students of both the...
RSD12 is distributed in a number of hubs and goes both real-life and remote. Stay tuned to rsdsymposium.org to learn moreRSD12 Symposium: Entangled in Emergence RSD12-ONLINE + RSD12-HUBSORGANISED BY GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, USA OCTOBER 6-20, 2023
Relating systems Thinking and Design 12 (RSD12), will be a different conference. RSD12 has two components: RSD12-ONLINE and RSD12-HUBS. RSD12-ONLINE is a 15-day international event. RSD12-HUBS are 1–3 day symposia that prioritise locality and in-person sessions. The...
BioDiveIn is a new prototype installation within the project COLife led by Dr Marie Davidová with Hanane Behnam and Maria Claudia Valverde at the University of Stuttgart. The installation was achieved by S.O.D. experimental design studio teaching at the Faculty of...
by Ingelin Mari ÅmoWe have finally launched the research group Systemic Design and Sustainability, which is organised through the Department of Product Design at OsloMet. Among the participants in the research group, we have PhD students, master's students, and...
The "Designing Complexity" book has been selected as a finalist for the 2022 Common Ground Research Networks Publishers Prize.The annual Publishers Prize recognizes authors and series editors of exceptional books that were published within the last year by Common...
Christopher Alexander and Systemic Design by Hans Kaspar Hugentobler Original text for Systemsorienteddesign.net 2nd March 2023.Featured image by Jonathan Player for The New York TimesChristopher Alexander was a prominent figure in the fields of architecture and...
By Tabea Glahs and Maria Nørregaard Tabea Glahs and Maria Nørregaard are students at the SOD executive master program while working with service design in Oslo Municipality. Here they report on experiments with a more playful approach to Real-World Labs.Playing with...
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.