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...
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Designing Complexity book nominated
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
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...
Playing with Real World Labs
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...
Seminar on the book “Designing Complexity”
DOGA invites to a seminar about the book "Designing Complexity" by Birger Sevaldson. The seminar will be live at DOGA. The author and a group of practitioners with experience from application of systemic design will speak. You need to register to the event by...
Onboarding new employees is a long-lasting process. It takes one to three years for a new employee to get fully integrated with a new work environment, to know colleagues, learn the culture and understand the structure; in short, be an integrated part of the system....
New SOD students
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...
Systemic design meets rituals
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...
Book launch exhibition
The book launch exhibition will be up until Monday the 6th February at AHO, Oslo
Book Launch experience
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...
Design Journeys Through Complex Systems
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.”
Rebalancing a Community
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 different approaches
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...
Library of Systemic Relations
The library of systemic relations focuses more of our attention on the relations in our work, suggesting ways of marking the relations between nodes in a system.
StimuLab – Driving systemic design into Norway’s public sector
StimuLab was initiated by the Norwegian government in 2016 and is a collaboration between Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) and the Norwegian Digitalization Agency. It has adopted an experimental approach in its development and has continuously evolved in line with needs and ongoing evaluations.
Book: Designing Complexity
The Methodology and Practice of Systems Oriented Design – Birger Sevaldson’s book for designers in the widest sense, including any individual or organisation that is involved in change processes.
SOD Communications Framework
A communications framework is central to complex situations and design work. Yet it is in complex situations that we experience communication breakdowns resulting in ruptures and misunderstandings.
Natureact will develop transition plans for three landscapes in Norway to mitigate and adapt to climate risk using nature-based solutions.
NORWAY DELEGATION 2022RSD11 was in Brighton this year from 12th to 16th October. It was a wonderful experience and we thank the organisers headed by Ben Sweeting from Brighton University. We were a large delegation from Norway with our executive master’s students and...
SOD Executive master (AHO)
This experience-based master’s degree is part of AHO’s further education programme and provides insight into solving complex problems by combining systemic thinking with design thinking in an innovative form of design.
About Systems Oriented Design
The main mission of SOD is to help designers to become better at dealing with very complex problems. Complex problems are described as problem fields, networks of problems, wicked problems and problematiques.
Externally financed R&D project (2017-2020) H-SEIF stands for Human Systems Engineering Innovation Framework. H-SEIF 1 was a research project aimed at developing new methods for human centred systems engineering.Illustration: H-SEIF project 2017About H-SEIF The...
SOD is open source
If your project corresponds to all or most of the core parameters, you are welcome to reference it as a SOD project.
Students as Change Makers
What demographic is currently underrepresented in Hemsedal, yet have high potential for stimulating change? Students! From bachelor to PhD to professional executive master levels, students can operate as regenerative weavers to connect cities and alpine communities....
Synthesis maps integrate evidence and expertise in a visual narrative forknowledge translation and communication. Peter Jones & Jeremy Bowes
SOD Origins: Systemic Design as a Field of Possibilities
The idea of systemic design as a pluralistic field opens the possibilities to several different approaches to systemic design that are not only allowed but encouraged.
Rural alpine communities like Hemsedal in Norway, are connected to urban areas like Oslo through historically dependent relationships. Urban areas have benefited from rural resources like water, food, raw materials and recreation while small ski towns like Hemsedal...
Living with the river
Hemsila is a river in Hemsedal a mountain community in Norway. How can we design with the Hemsila river as an asset, rather than a problem, to increase Hemsedal’s resilience and regenerative capacity? By celebrating the organic nature of the Hemsila river and its...