systemic design

noun / si-ˈste-mik di-ˈzīn /

: an interdiscipline that joins systems thinking to design methodology

SDA­Community

The Systemic Design Association provides an international community home for the wide range of designers and scholars leading emerging practices, design-led systems research, and advanced design methods evolving from systems thinking and design. Membership shows your support for the movement toward systemic design. Join to be a part of the growing SDA community.

SDA­Community

The Systemic Design Association provides an international community home for the wide range of designers and scholars leading emerging practices, design-led systems research, and advanced design methods evolving from systems thinking and design. Membership shows your support for the movement toward systemic design. Join to be a part of the growing SDA community.

SDA­­Practice

Systemic design has moved toward pragmatic practice. By sharing methods and cases through the annual RSD symposia, practitioners are building a common understanding. SDA creates opportunities for dialogue that contribute to guiding principles for systemic design practice.

SDA­­Practice

Systemic design has moved toward pragmatic practice. By sharing methods and cases through the annual RSD symposia, practitioners are building a common understanding. SDA creates opportunities for dialogue that contribute to guiding principles for systemic design practice.

SDA­Theory

Systemic design draws on the extant base and evolution of ideas in systems theory and complexity as rich sources of transdisciplinary science and discourse. Uniquely in design studies, systemic design started in educational and experimental approaches to discovering a "requisite design" with power to new services and systems in complex environments.

SDA­Theory

Systemic design draws on the extant base and evolution of ideas in systems theory and complexity as rich sources of transdisciplinary science and discourse. Uniquely in design studies, systemic design started in educational and experimental approaches to discovering a "requisite design" with power to new services and systems in complex environments.

SDA­­Publications

For most of a decade the RSD Symposium has yielded a rich trove of new design research in this developing field. RSD authors have published studies in partner journals and edited volumes, but now with the announcement of the Journal of the SDA, a home discipline source for publication is launched. At RSD10 two new books were announced by Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones.

SDA­­PUBLICATIONS

For most of a decade the RSD Symposium has yielded a rich trove of new design research in this developing field. RSD authors have published studies in partner journals and edited volumes, but now with the announcement of the Journal of the SDA, a home discipline source for publication is launched. At RSD10 two new books were announced by Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones.

CONTEXTS­JOURNAL

Contexts – The Systemic Design Journal is hosted within the SDA platform, and builds on well-known open access publishing tools and practices. The call for submissions is open: authors are invited to submit papers at any time. The SDA editorial team is also planning to introduce the Forum (blog), Design Briefs (essays and case reports), and Pathways (research-based system maps).

contexts systemic design journal images of shell, seeds, new leaves, circular mindset
contexts systemic design journal images of shell, seeds, new leaves, circular mindset

CONTEXTS­JOURNAL

Contexts – The Systemic Design Journal is hosted within the SDA platform, and builds on well-known open access publishing tools and practices. The call for submissions is open: authors are invited to submit papers at any time. The SDA editorial team is also planning to introduce the Forum (blog), Design Briefs (essays and case reports), and Pathways (research-based system maps).

Annual Symposium

RELATING SYSTEMS THINKING AND DESIGN

 

The RSD symposia have produced a series of publications as proceedings and journal articles beginning with RSD2 in 2013.  Each symposium draws new studies, theoretical work and practices from across many disciplines contributing to complex design issues, social systems and complex policy, socioecological sustainability, critical cultural and development perspectives, and emerging practices and methodology. The first RSD Symposium was held in 2012 as a two-day seminar organized by Birger Sevaldson and Marit Helgesen at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Since then, a symposium has been held each year, hosted in five different countries: Oslo, Norway, Banff and Toronto, Canada, Torino, Italy, Chicago, US, and Ahmedabad, India. This year RSD11 was hosted by the University of Brighton, UK.

 

A scientific review committee for each RSD symposia is organized by the co-chairs of each conference, with continuity across symposia and publications provided by past chairs and SDA board members. Over 930 symposia presentations and papers are available on RSDsymposium.org – a robust, searchable repository for leading thinking on systemic design.

RSDsymposium.org

SDANEWSLETTER

The Systemic Design Association will send you quarterly updates on systemic design and activities in the SDA network. During the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) Symposium timeframe SDA will send brief updates related to RSD keynotes, papers, and workshops.

RSD11 event updates, program content, and proceedings are posted on RSDsymposium.org.

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