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.

Obesity Epidemic

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 2020


  1. Bhakapol Bhakdibhumi
  2. Chris Han
  3. Jasmin Kim
  4. Holly Liu
  5. Francis Park

Upon first glance, obesity might be seemingly easy to solve— eat healthily, go to the gym and lose weight. Unbeknownst to a vast majority of the public, this problem has engulfed almost 37% of the American population with systemic issues affecting a myriad of demographics. This is exactly what makes it a wicked problem (Rittel & Webber, 1973). Layers of systemic and systematic interconnectivity bury complications from the public eye, making large-scale issues like obesity difficult to tackle. Our group aims to uncover this complex system by analyzing the problem with a scalar approach, allowing a multitude of stakeholders to place themselves within distinct problem spaces throughout a micro-to-macro scope. By pinpointing clusters of defects and flaws, then filtering them through STEEP (Social, Technological, Economic, Ecologic, Political) lenses, the map clarifies interdependencies within the various aspects of our daily lives. Through this process of breakdown and analysis, we were able to identify harmful feedback loops and formulate targeted interventions to break the cycle. Our gigamap presents a complex system in an accessible format aiming to provoke a unifying interaction amongst users, inform at all levels, hopefully, engage them to get to a healthier America.


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