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Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions

RSD symposia are a time to report on work, but also to work in unfamiliar constellations, and develop new thoughts and questions.

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.

Focus areas: the RSD11 seven

Focus areas: the RSD11 seven

Seven specific focus areas 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: 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.

RSD10 – Playing with Tensions

RSD10 – Playing with Tensions

Editors Dr JC Diehl, Dr Nynke Tromp, and Dr Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer: Complex systems do not lend themselves for simplification. Systemic designers have no choice but to embrace complexity, and in doing so, embrace opposing concepts and the resulting paradoxes.

RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design

RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design

From November 2-6, 2021, RSD10 marked a decade of systemic design at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, one of the world’s leading design schools.

Top Ten in Systemic Design

Top Ten in Systemic Design

Unlike RSD’s peer-review process, the Top Ten for Ten is a listicle that’s based on a simple criterion: the sheer number of RSD contributions. You will likely recognise the top ten names because of their sustained commitment and dedication to establishing systemic design in academe and design practice.

About the symposia and repository

About the symposia and repository

This website represents a resource of contributions for and from the RSD Symposium community, providing an unparalleled collection of peer-reviewed and curated work.

Navigating Time Zones

Navigating Time Zones

All the times posted are UTC+1, the time zone is in use during standard time in Europe and Africa. Daylight savings time ends in Delft on October 31, 2021; therefore, the times given are CET and UTC+1.

RSD10 Sketchnote Gallery

RSD10 Sketchnote Gallery

Sketchnotes capture the big ideas within a complex conversation, are a rich source of signals, and capture the geist of the session.

Paper Tracks: Provoking thought and dialogue

Paper Tracks: Provoking thought and dialogue

RSD Paper Tracks are a popular symposium format. RSD offers a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and systemic design colleagues. Authors present their papers and invite input to develop their work further.

Hotels and restaurants in Delft

Hotels and restaurants in Delft

The RSD10 team has compiled this list of hotels, dining, and coffee shops for delegates who will be joining on-campus sessions at TU Delft.

10th Anniversary Ask Me Anything

10th Anniversary Ask Me Anything

The AMA is a unique online forum opportunity with Peter Jones and Birger Sevaldson, bringing them together as co-presenters once again so you can ask them, well, anything.

RSD10: What you need to know

RSD10: What you need to know

The RSD10 program represents 119 new contributions to systemic design, presented as keynote speeches, dialogues, practice case studies, gigamaps, and long and short papers.

RSD10 Partner and Venue: TU Delft

RSD10 Partner and Venue: TU Delft

TU Delft is the largest and oldest technical universities in the Netherlands. Industrieel Ontwerpen, the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is one of the world’s leading design schools.

Cumulus partnership to advance systemic design

Cumulus partnership to advance systemic design

SDA and Cumulus have set out on a five-year partnership to advance awareness and practice of systemic design. The partnership announcement is an opportunity to spotlight Cumulus and some of our partners in the Cumulus network.

RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-being: From human to humane

RSD9 – Systemic Design for Well-being: From human to humane

RSD9 Chair, Praveen Nahar, and Editor, Peter Jones: RSD9 created a place for pause and reflection, but also bold ideas and forward-thinking discussion. The outcome is a collection of over 50 presentations on design outcomes and programs informed by research, real applications, and practices to address problems in the unbounded complexity of social and ecological systems.

Nine chapters by RSD authors for Systemic Design book

Nine chapters by RSD authors for Systemic Design book

SDA is pleased to report that nine chapters are drawn from authors presenting at RSD4, Banff Canada 2015. The edited volume is in the Springer Systems Science series (ed. K. Kijima) with chapters available to academic libraries online.

RSD7 Publications

RSD7 Publications

RSD7 publications document six inspiring keynote speakers, three plenary sessions, and 76 papers in downloadable formats.

Books & Beers

Books & Beers

RSD7 featured relaxed “learning-and-doing time”. At the end of each day, three decompressing “Books and Beers” events were hosted in the close venue of Eataly. Five recently published books were introduced to the audience and discussed in a more informal environment.

RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

RSD5 – Systemic Design for Social Complexity

RSD5 Chair & Editor, Peter Jones: Proceedings are the result of the dialogue and discursive process within the community of practice, and while it follows peer review within an extended reviewer panel, it differs from the traditional scientific publication process.

RSD4 – Developing a Systemic Design Research Network

RSD4 – Developing a Systemic Design Research Network

RSD4 Co-Chairs & Editors, Alex Ryan and Peter Jones: A range of compelling intellectual engagements, from Don Norman’s provocations to develop a design practice capable of dealing with significant complexity, to Lia Patricio’s resonant case study and model of integration in the Portuguese health records system, to AP-J’s cutting-edge architectural models.

RSD3 – “Relating” Systems and Design

RSD3 – “Relating” Systems and Design

RSD3 Chairs and Editors: Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones: The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers, strategists, and transdisciplinary innovators.

RSD2 – Foundations: The Systemic Design Movement

RSD2 – Foundations: The Systemic Design Movement

RSD2 Editors Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones: What binds systems related theories and practices together with design approaches may be the desire to reintroduce systems approaches with design toward a more effective integrated praxis.