Call for RSD11 Contributions

Now open – activities, workshops, and exhibits

Symposia and conferences are often primarily a time to report on work already done and ideas already conceived. But they are also a time to work in unfamiliar constellations and develop new thoughts and questions. This call for activities, workshops, and exhibition items invites proposals that prompt further questions and enact enquiries.

RSD11 is geared toward online proposals that allow participants to interact with and get to know each other. They will be held during the on-site timeframe (October 13 to 16) and as part of an extended schedule leading up to the formal event.

In-person sessions will be held at the University of Brighton and nearby venues from October 13 to 16 and should be designed to take advantage of physical spaces and materials in imaginative ways (e.g., embodied, hands-on, spatial, mobile, etc.).

If you have any questions about the formats, please reach out via chat.

1. Activity sessions

Activities are 30-minute interactive sessions that will provide a space for participants to engage and enact (not just listen to) new ideas and practices. Whereas conventional paper presentations usually begin with a talk and end with (often rushed) questions and comments, this format places interactions amongst participants as the main activities.

Sessions should use the following format:

10 minutes – Opening, including introductions and scene setting
15 minutes – Activity, with participants getting the chance to interact
5 minutes – Conclusion

Activities can be either online or in-person.

TU Delft introduced the interactive format in 2021. It is particularly suited to contributions that look to introduce or deepen methods or practices to systemic design. Note that it is possible to reassign existing paper submissions to this format. See RSD Interactive for examples of RS10 activity sessions.

2. Workshops

RSD11 is particularly interested in online workshops that open up systemic design practice and possibilities to new participants. Workshops connected to other RSD11 or prior RSD contributions are also encouraged.

When submitting a workshop or activity proposal, please complete the RSD11 template as you would for a paper. Accepted workshops and activities will be entered in the conference proceedings. Complete the template with an abstract (200-400 words) and an expanded description (up to 1000 words) of the session, putting it in context.

Be sure to include the following in the description:

  • In what ways does the proposed contribution relate to the RSD11 themes and focuses?
  • What will those participating in the workshop/activity be doing?
  • How will this be structured? Please give an outline schedule.
  • Is the workshop/activity intended as online or in person, or could it be either? If it is proposed as in person, how does it take advantage of this?

See RSD Workshops for examples in previous years.


RSD11 begins with in-person workshops on Wednesday, October 12. The standard workshop length is 120 minutes; however, shorter or longer workshop lengths are also possible. In-person workshops take advantage of physical space and materials – there should be a reason for the workshop being in person rather than the online programme.


Online workshops are an exciting part of the overall online programme. They take place during the formal proceedings but can also be part of an extended programme in the weeks leading up to the symposium. The standard length is 90 minutes; other timeframes are possible. Online workshops should offer opportunities for online participants to interact with and get to know each other.

3. Exhibits

RSD11 invites proposals for exhibition items of various kinds. In particular, RSD11 is interested in exhibition items that can prompt conversation and question the edges of systemic design concerning the main call for contributions. Within the core symposium programme, there will be an opportunity to present exhibition items in a rolling ‘project fair’ format (both in person and online).

Systems maps

The systems map exhibition is a popular part of every RSD symposium. Items can be physical or digital. Maps are presented as an online collection, and RSD11 will create space for physical posters.

The RSD systems map collection is currently comprised of 89 maps primarily representing different practices:

  • The National Institute of Design uses metaphor to describe the relationship between products, systems, and people. (Ranjan, 2005)
  • Synthesis maps derived from OCAD University’s MDes, which “seek to illuminate design understanding and inform proposals reflected in the visual narrative.” (Jones & Bowes, 2017, p. 233)
  • Gigamaps developed through the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Sevaldson, 2018, p. 244)

Other exhibits

RSD11 is open to other exhibition concepts. Other presentations are welcome; an example is Karianne Rygh’s RSD6 exhibition,which showcased the tangible tools for co-design workshop facilitation.

There is an opportunity to present work that doesn’t fit within the range of standard RSD formats. Examples are multi-media and digital work, performance, and environmental and experiential forms.

Seven Focus Sessions

Submissions can be made to the general call or RSD11 invitation for contributions that engage with specific focus sessions, which have been developed as seven provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and challenges to normative direction.

Read about the RSD11 focus areas>


Jones, P., & Bowes, J (2017). Rendering Systems Visible for Design: Synthesis Maps as Constructivist Design Narratives. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 3. Pp. 229-248. ISSN 2405-8726.

Ranjan, M. P. (2005, February). Creating the unknowable: Designing the future in education. In Proceedings of the 6th international conference of the European Academy of Design (pp. 29-31).

Sevaldson, B. (2018). Visualising complex design: The evolution of gigamaps. In Systemic Design (pp. 243-269). Springer, Tokyo.

Posted July 2022
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Call for ACTIVITIES, Workshops & Exhibits


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August 15, 2022

Contributing to RSD11: four steps

1. Read the RSD11 call for activities, workshops, and exhibits
2. Refer to RSD11 program overview and “Preparing a Paper” for more info
3. Download the RSD11 template
4. Submit via EasyChair


RSD11 CfC update

RSD11 CfC update

Current RSD11 updates on Calls for Contributions and acknowledgements.

Preparing an RSD submission

Preparing an RSD submission

This article invites you to follow the RSD posting protocols and provides a detailed description of the basics to consider when preparing your submission.

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Authors are invited to identify their paper or presentation as aligned to one of seven specific focus sessions. These have been developed as provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and different directions.

Focus: Design over time

Focus: Design over time

Designers must navigate between the need for immediate action and maintaining long-term change. Yet, it is difficult to think of the temporality of design beyond the consideration of years or decades.

Focus: Products are systemic objects

Focus: Products are systemic objects

In this focus, RSD11 is interested in contributions exploring: circular design, regenerative design, distributed design, and, more broadly, ways that designers of things act to shape the nature and legibility of economic, bureaucratic, ecological and cultural systems.

Focus: Architecture gone wild?

Focus: Architecture gone wild?

Now that the architecture discipline seems to be arriving at a period of digital sobriety in its modes of practice and generative methods, critical perspectives are needed.

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health

Attending to health means fundamentally rethinking where (our) health comes from. The importance of considering global health and human health as intersecting is increasingly pressing.

Focus: Different stories in design

Focus: Different stories in design

How may we use Bateson’s provocations to rethink the problematic stories around design and modernity as mobilised in contemporary design practices?

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

Methods afford and perpetuate ways of understanding and organising the world much like any other artefact. Because conventions are assumed within the context of a methodological practice, they are difficult to question from within.

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