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.
Photo by Suzanne Stein
Suzanne Stein from Ontario College of Art & Design, OCAD in Toronto had a fantastic three days workshop on foresight and scenario techniques at AHO from the 2nd to the 4th February.Read more about Suzanne in the peoples section or at www.ocad.ca
Fred Collopy wrote an article where he suggest that there is a dichotomy between Systems thinking and design thinking. Systems Oriented Design attempts to combine the both. The systems approach in Systems oriented design is non orthodox, open ended, relates on critical systems thinking and is defined more as a practice than as a theory. We try to use the best from both. There is no doubt to my mind that design thinking suffers from too simplistic and too narrow scopes and that it needs to become better in coping with systemic changes and relations. While established systems theories are often held back by dogmatic defence of certain positions, models and theories.
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The Institute of Design just succeeded with an application to a research and industrial development project in collaboration with the advanced maritime company Ulstein Power and Control, part of the Ulstein Group ship yard who are the project owners. Other partners are the University College of Ålesund, who have a long track record on very advanced maritime and ship building research, and professor Wolfgang Jonas, naval architect, university of Kassel.
Systems Oriented Design is one of the main methodological perspectives that will be applied and developed in the project.
In the spring semester of Systems Oriented Design at the Oslo School of Architcture and Design we will work with five new companies and organisations.
These three companies and organisations are facilitated through the collaboration with the Norwegian Design Council and the council will have a strong participation and mediation role between the students and companies.
In addition we have the following collaborations: