RSD9 Workshops

16 workshops, hosted online from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Thailand, UK, and USA.

Circularity as Unifying Concept in Systemic Design for Sustainability?

WORKSHOP: Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Tobias Luthe, Angel Lamar, Birger Sevaldson, Tine Hegli, Marianne Storen Berg, and Peter Hemmersam, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Futures Design, Language and Systems – Towards languaging pluriversal futures

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Palak Dudani and Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Mapping the Political Economy of Design

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Joanna Boehnert and Simon Downs, Loughborough University

Power Tools for Collaborative Modelling of Socioeco-Sustainment

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Nicole Norris, Maya Hoveskog, Francesca Ostuzzi, Peter Jones, and Antony Upward

Virtual-Real MOOCS: Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems

WORKSHOP: Friday, October 9, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Tobias Luthe, Birger Sevaldson, Silvia Barbero, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer and Justyna Swat

Practicing the Worlds We Want: Prefigurative design for revolutionary transformation

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:30 PM IST. Facilitators: Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell from Superorganism

Hearth, Home and Well-being

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Sucharita Beniwal & Swagata Naidu, National Institute of Design

The Hippie Movement Discussed as Systemic Change

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitator: Birger Sevaldson, Oslo School of Design

Leveraging Tensions in Systemic Design

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Jan-Carel Diehl, Ella Jamsin, Jotte de Koning, Rebecca Price and Nynke Tromp, Delft University of Technology

Bringing Systemic Design to Communities with the Circular Design Lab

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Chris Oestereich & Courtney Savie Lawrence, Circular Design Lab

Introducing and Testing a Systemic Design Practice Framework

WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 5:30 am IST/10:00 AM AEST. Facilitator: Emma Blomkamp. Limited to 25 participants

Reordering our Priorities through Systems Change Learning

WORKSHOP: Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Zaid Khan, David Ing, Dan Eng, Kelly Okamuara, and Zemina Meghji

Control vs. Care: Frameworks for Systems Redesign During COVID-19

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 5:30 AM IST. Facilitators: Jonathan Healey and Sydney M. Luken

Intervening in Power Dynamics: Introducing a new tool for talking about, analyzing, and shifting power

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 8:00 PM IST/9:30 AM CST. Facilitators: Lyndon Valicenti and Rae Perez, Daylight

Kogui’s Systemic Thinking for Sustainable Design of Habitats in Colombia and Worldwide

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Eduardo Mazuera & Laura Niño Caceres.

What Does Belonging Mean? A framing and network approach to tackle loneliness among students

WORKSHOP: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST. Facilitators: Eva Legemaate, Marie Van den Bergh, and Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Delft University of Technology. Maximum of 15 participants

Hearth, Home and Well-being

Interrelating belief systems, built environments and well-being

Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM IST

Facilitators: Sucharita Beniwal & Swagata Naidu, National Institute of Design
Country: India
3-hour online workshop

Read the full workshop description ⇒

Humans have always subconsciously known that wellbeing is connected to where we live. Dwellings have deliberately been designed to protect from the elements as well as other lifeforms. Spaces define behaviours and wellbeing. Today, there is a greater understanding of home as a sustainable environment and its connection with wellness. (Janahi, 2018). Therefore it is important to design homes well. However in designing and making a built space a lot of factors come into play, economics, social structure, affordability, the physicality of resources available. These may be called the visible factors, simultaneously, there are invisible social structures that can markedly determine behaviour (Vink, 2019) and decision-making. These invisible social structures include belief systems, identity constructs are often responsible for how spaces are constructed. All these together form complex structures, often difficult to capture and visualise. A systems mapping helps recognize the often elusive problematic nodes and their interconnections; as well as develop a holistic understanding of the often hard to grasp and define root causes (Seveldson, 2019). Most importantly, systemic design visualisation and analysis empowers one to determine the most opportune leverage point to make potential interventions (Meadows, 2008).

The workshop facilitators hypothesize that these invisible structures shape decisions for the built environment and the activities that take place in those spaces. Through mapping personal identity and our dwelling spaces in a workshop mode, these invisible structures and their deterministic outcome can be visualised. It can be seen that if the home “a safe haven” in uncertain times is it truly safe for all of its occupants? Therefore making the participants more aware of their critical positionality and decisions. The authors argue that while the home and domestic is often understood as private however the behaviours enacted in these spaces are shaped by larger contexts. Aligning to the current ‘black lives matter’ movement, one sees that systemic violence is embedded into our social structures and is normalised in behaviours, and therefore translated continually into our designs, designed spaces, and environments. Through the use of “emergent tools” participants will be encouraged to reveal these invisible social structures and their multi-layered connectedness to pave the way for intervention models (Seveldson, 2019). Awareness of the often unspoken hierarchy and unwritten rules can be a powerful enabler to bring about a conscious change in the system.

This workshop aims to make tangible for a heterogeneous group of participants from varied locations an opportunity to discover –

How our belief systems and identity shape our spaces?
How these spaces, in turn, affect our behaviour and construct our wellbeing?
If these spaces are not conducive to the wellbeing of all the occupants, how then should we be designing our spaces?
What and where should be the change – Spaces? – Behaviour responses? – Belief systems?

It is hoped the participants will engage in dialogue on how can such change be brought about?