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Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium

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.

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. is a robust, searchable repository for leading thinking on systemic design, consisting of hundreds of presentations, papers, and gigamaps.


RSD10 | NOV 2-6, 2021

RSD10 is Playing with Tensions. Delft, The Netherlands.

RSD10 is Playing with Tensions

November 2-6, 2021. Delft, The Netherlands.


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Oslo School of Architecture and Design

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National Institute of Design

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TU Delft

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The SDA is currently receiving expressions of interest to host RSD11, for fall 2022.

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