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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Relating Systems Thinking and Design 6

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)     Oslo, Norway    October 18-20, 2017

Following two years in Canada, join us this year in Oslo as RSD returns to its home location for the RSD6 Symposium.  The call for participation for the symposium is now open and we look forward to contributions (research, practice cases, design artifacts, new business models) that enable our research and practice communities to learn and collaborate toward purposeful outcomes.

Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together

Our theme this year encompasses the contexts for flourishing in democratic societies, and exploring the opportunities for systemic design in:

  • Democratic participation and policy innovation
  • Strongly sustainable business innovation
  • Flourishing communities
  • Design of architectures, settlements and built environments

We invite contributions to systemic design for:

  • Social impact in flourishing and change programs
  • Health and population wellness
  • Ecological design and bioregion development
  • Human-scaled and regional economies
  • Sociotechnical and technological systems
  • Other themes in Systemic Design

Call for Abstracts   Deadline April 15th, unrestricted format, extended abstract between 500 to 1000 words.

RSD5 Proceedings are now available online and available for review and download.

Join us by submitting an abstract or register. The registration system will open soon.

Images from RSD5 Gigamapping workshop

Here are some images from our Gigamapping Workshop 13th October at RSD5 in Toronto


Great start at RSD5

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Great opening of the RSD5 Symposium in Toronto OCADU and MaRS Center with Paul Pangero, Alex Christakis, Maria Kakoulaki as keynote speakers.


Yesterday Marie Davidova and I facilitated a Gigamapping workshop with about 30 participants. 

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Design for Democracy

Tønsberg boat tripp

This autumn we started our first Design for Democracy course!

We (or let us say the students) are well on their way after a week of boot camp in Tønsberg, a small town south of Oslo. The municipality of Tønsberg is our main partner and the aim of the project is to develop better deliberative processes in the context of city planning.

The boot camp also contained a boat trip when moving the boat to the center to function as living quarters for some of the students. Bonding and socializing is part of a living democracy based on dialogue.

To see the course description follow this link >>>>>

And yes, we intend to do more and something much bigger in that direction in the future. Stay tuned...


Design for democracy is nothing new: To get a wonderful intro watch this lecture by Victor Margolin


Innovation Summit at HBV

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13th September 2016

Great interrest for the AHO / SOD corner of the innovation summit expo at HBV (University College of South East Norway) at their campus in Kongsberg, one of the technological hubs in Norway. The summit was attended by prominent participant from companies, academic, amongst them Larry Leifner from Stanford D-School.


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