Category: RSD10

November 3-6, 2021


TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

November 3-6, 2021


TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

Playing with Tensions: Embracing complexity, collaboration and contexts in systemic design

10th Annual RSD Symposium

Complex systems do not lend themselves to simplification. Systemic designers have no choice but to embrace complexity, and in doing so, embrace tensions. RSD10 will explore design and systems thinking as mediators. Our human tendency is to relieve tension, and in design, to resolve “pain points”. But tensions reveal the paradoxes as sites of connection, breaks in scale, the emergence of complexity.

Event site | RSD10.ORG

Hybrid Event

RSD10 is hosted by Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The symposium offers a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and presents the state-of-the-art in the systemic design field.

The fate of all complex adapting systems in the biosphere – from single cells to economies – is to evolve to a natural state between order and chaos, a grand compromise between structure and surprise.

– Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe


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.

Beyond Net Zero Guide

RSD10 Announcement. The British Design Association recognises systemic design as the next most important step in addressing the most pressing problems of our times.

Formademisk Special Double Issue

RSD Special Issue. SDA members Marie Davidova and Ben Sweeting, with Birger Sevaldson, co-edited two special issues of Form Akademisk with 10 papers developed from the proceedings of RSD6 and RSD7.

RSD10 Call for Papers

RSD10 Announcement. It’s official: RSD10 is November 3-6, 2021. We’re excited to announce that the official Call for Papers for RSD10 is out!

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.


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Systemic Design Association

Nov 3-6, 2021

2021 Host



RSD Social


The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium,, is November 3-6, 2021. 

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