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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S.O.D. workshop at OCADU, February 2012

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1st feb 2012: Birger Sevaldson had a one day workshop and two lectures at OCADU Toronto 1st and 2nd February.

He gave a lecture about resent discussions in design research and a lecture about Systems Oriented Design.

GIGA-mapping workshop at Chalmers

18. January 2012 Birger Sevaldson led a GIGA-mapping Workshop at Chalmers, Department for Architecture and Planning.

Systems Oriented Design for the Built Environment

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The book Design Innovation for the Built Environment launched in February 2012

'Design Innovation for the Built Environment - Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice' edited by Michael Hensel and published by Routledge has been launched.

Birger Sevaldson contributed with one chapter in the book with the title Systems Oriented Design for the Built Environment.

The book features chapters by David Leatherbarrow, Christopher Hight, Halina Dunin-Woyseth and Fredrik Nilsson, Mark Burry, Hidetoshi Ohno and Bruno Peeters, Inger Lise Syversen, Defne Suguroglu Hensel, Jeffrey Turko, Birger Sevaldson, Julian Vincent, Siv Stangland and Richard Kropf (Helen & Hard), Eva Castro and Alfredo Ramirez (GroundLab) Andrew Morrison and Henry Mainsah, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Michael Hensel.

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Expanding Contexts: A Strategy for Super-Complexity

27th february 2012: Birger Sevaldson spoke at the Sustaining Sustainability Symposium at the Department of Architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on Friday 03 and Saturday 04 February 2012. The title of the lecture was

Expanding Contexts: A Strategy for Super-Complexity

The speach addressed how the boundary between nature and the man-made could be addressed in a new way to help designing for this boundary taking into account the many relaitons between human built environment and nature.

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S.O.D. students win prices


09. February 2012:  The semesters at AHO are always ended with the exhibition AHO Works including the nomination of projects for different prices given by sponsors and decided by an external jury. This time six prices where given.

The S.O.D. studio and 12 of the students in four projects won four of the prices.

Price for interaction design
Sponsor: Making Waves
Winner: Jan Kristian Strømsnes
Project: Kwant Controls/Nautical controls for the future

Price for innovative user centered design
Sponsor: Creuna
Winners: Rebecca Riordan Larsen, Linn-Hege Øverstad og Ulrikke Pedersen
Project: Beyond Risør / The future is fiction

Price for sustainable design
Sponsor: Franzefoss
Winners: The Salto team: Stian Normann Andersen, Julian Kristoffer Guribye, Wanxi Li, Wei Zhang, Christian von Hanno.
Project: Salto / Quick charging solutions for EV`s

Price for complexity and a holistic approach to design
Sponsor: Norske Industridesignere – NID
Winners: Manuela Aguirre Ulloa, Renata Mikalauskaite og Linda Blaasvær

The projects of the autumn semester will be published on this site soon.

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