Systems Oriented Design / Systemorientert Design (NO)

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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When is Systemic Design regenerative


Here is a video priduced by Justyna Swat from our fishbowl workshop at RSD8 at IIT in Chicago. We discussed how systemic design can become a regenerative practice. 

A fishbowl is a particular discussion format that allows all people both to listen and to engage in a concentrate manner. Five chairs are in the center. Sitting on a chair gives you the right to speak. When you have nothing to say leave the chair and let others occupy it.

The working paper from this session is here

The working paper gives you in-depth information about the workshop



RSD8 proceedings

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The proceedings from RSD8 at IIT Chicago are online. There is a lot of exciting content to read and videos to watch.

Access the proceedings here






Post SOD is a project report designed as a newspaper and is the result of the basic course in System Oriented Design (SOD), 3rd year design (GK6) at The Oslo School of Design and Architecture (AHO). The project lasted half semester, and divided 30 students into 6 groups with 6 themes.

This first, and possibly the only issue of Post SOD, is about mapping of systems dealing with Norway's rural areas, rural areas and jagricultural industries. The project addresses possible developments that are being addressed towards a more viable and attractive alternative to the move to cities throughout
a span of 20 years (2020 - 2040).

The paper is in Norwegian but we are working with an English version. It is printed in 1000 copies and distributed to important actors in Norway.

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Second SDA Norway gathering


After a successful first SDA Norway gathering we will have our second gathering 10th June 14:00-16:00

Tentative Agenda

14:00 Welcome

14:10 Birger Sevaldson presents a questionaire to measure impact of SOD in Norway

14:15 Manuela Aguirre presents popular version of her PhD thesis 

14:30 Intro to breakout discussions

14:45 Andres Wettre presents connections between previous discussion & topics

14:50 Break out groups – 1) boundary critique, 2) power dynamics, 3) what is a system?, 4) generative emergence

15:30 Share back & discussion in main room

15:50 Rounding up, including poll about topics for next sessions

Welcome to all who are interested. Though the context of this gathering is Norway it is open for anybody.

Earlier this year we announced the first gathering for a Norwegian chapter of the Systemic Design Association (SDA). We were planning it to be held at DOGA, the Norway center for design and architecture. We limited the meeting to 90 participants. 

The interest exceeded our imaginations with over 400 stating their interest. 

Sadly, we had to cancel the gathering because of the corona virus. However, we wanted to carry it through anyway in digital format and we changed the invitation to a zoom meeting. Over 130 people joined the meeting and it was a great experience.

New Special Issue on Systemic Design from RSD7


The sixth special issue in the academic design research journal Formakademisk has been launched earlier this year.

This special issue of FormAkademisk comprises a selection of articles developed from presentations at the seventh Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) symposium, held at Politecnico di Torino, Turin, 23th-26th October 2018 (Barbero, 2018). A second collection from RSD7 is also planned to be published in FormAkademisk during 2020, continuing the close relationship between the journal and the RSD conference series (Forlizzi, Sevaldson, & Ryan, 2017; Hensel, Hensel, & Sevaldson, 2019; Jones, 2014; Sevaldson, 2018; Sevaldson & Ryan, 2014). The occasion of the RSD7 conference was especially important in the development of systemic design, being the occasion of the launch and founding meeting of the Systemic Design Association (SDA). The SDA will act as a membership organisation for the expanding community of practitioners and researchers that has developed through the RSD conferences.

Editors: Marie Davidova, Ben Sweeting and Birger Sevaldson

Read the special issue here.

See other publications on Systemic Design here.


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