Gigamap Exhibition

The exhibition was held onsite at the National Institute for Design.

Co-designing a Pathway through Food Revolution for Social Change

GIGAMAP: Process of ‘individual capacity building’ leading to ‘collective capacities’ in order to contribute to positive social change.

Car-Free City Life

Gigamap: Autonomous public transport systems the then ongoing implementation of a car-free city center policy in Oslo.

Circulating Health Information toward Health Action

Gigamap: How might we help people to learn to manage their cardiovascular risk?

COLreg: The Regenerative Community

Gigamap: Proposes circular economy for a gardening colony including upcycling and the use of tokens.

Design in Indian Army

Gigamap: Design thinking and human-centric approach to broaden the spectrum of design in the Indian Army.

Equation of Craft in India

Gigamap: The craft sector in India through mapping interconnections and multidirectional influences.

Making Waves: Organizational gigamap

Gigamap: The complex web of structures that form part of organizations, and some of the components they may need to operate.

Norwegian Labour & Welfare and Oslo Adult Education

Gigamap: Bridging the gap between people and public services by offering an overview of the whole system.

Obesity Epidemic

Gigamap: Interdependencies, harmful feedback loops, and interventions to break the cycle of obesity.

Obesity in Western Pennsylvania

Gigamap: A visual guide to obesity and design interventions through Meadows’ leverage points.

Wicked Problems: The Opioid Crisis

Carnegie Mellon University School of Design



  1. Joseph Kim
  2. Maggie Ma
  3. Teresa Lourie
  4. Elysha Tsai
  5. Zimmy Kang


Over recent decades, the opioid crisis in the United States has become the worst addiction epidemic in our nation’s history, and present research shows an upward trend in opioid-related death rates in northeastern states especially. This gigamap serves to visually represent the current causes and effects, inputs and outputs, stakeholders, and feedback loops that fuel this wicked problem (Rittel & Webber, 1973) while demonstrating the interconnectedness of individual facets in the system. In response to the crisis, the map proposes several leverage points (Meadows, 1999) that aim to intervene in terms of education, policy, healthcare, the environment, and the economy:

  • A unified drug education system
  • Enforcement of legal prescriptions
  • Increase in needle exchange programs
  • Increase in job opportunities for past addicts
  • Wastewater filtering
  • Decriminalization of illicit substances

Because the complex and changing nature of a wicked problem prevents the existence of one overarching solution, we aim to propose methods and ways that could manage and contain the issue at smaller scales.

“How to Read a Map”

The concentric layout represents the scalar complexity of the opioid crisis. Each oval demonstrates “personal,” “communal,” and “national” lenses along with the change in hue as the scale increases. The information on the map follows a linear flow, beginning with “inputs” and concluding with “outputs.” Many of the subcategories, however, cannot simply be represented in a linear format, thus the yellow lines demonstrate the interconnections and loops that exist within the nodes. The placement of the yellow numbered dots on the map represent where, in the system, designers will intervene, and corresponds to the intervention methods listed below the map.


Meadows, D. H. (1999). Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System. The Sustainability
Institutes, 1–19. Retrieved from

Rittel, H. W. J., & Webber, M. M. (1973). Dilemmas in a general theory of planning. Policy
Sciences, 4(2), 155–169. doi: 10.1007/bf01405730