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.

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.

Any infrastructure one looks at is composed out of layers spanning from the simplest to the most advanced. E.g. Looking at traffic systems a ride from the south Eminönu to the north (Levent) stats with the most modern tram, continues with a steep uphill ride with the second oldest tube in the world then goes on with a really antique little tram along the main shopping street of Istklal Caddesi and ends with a ride on the most modern tube system. In such ways almost any aspect can be investigated, like the thickly layered systems of trade and retail. Below showing a few of the shop fronts in the city.

To see more pictures from our tour here

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1643260@N21/

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